FG moves to increase basic education funding to three per cent

The Federal Government says it has proposed a legislation to increase funding from the consolidated revenue fund to the nation’s basic education sector.

Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, said the move would see an increase from the current two per cent to three per cent of statutory allocation from the consolidated revenue fund to the basic education, with further one per cent to be invested in the senior secondary education segment.

A statement released on Sunday by the public relations officer of the commission, David Apeh, said the minister disclosed this at a meeting of Universal Basic Education Commission Management with the Executive Chairmen of State Universal Basic Education Boards in Edo.

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According to the statement, the minister was represented by the Director, Basic Education, Federal Ministry of Education, Dr Folake Olatunji-David.

The minister said, “The Buhari’s administration is committed to ensure that these interventions have long lasting dividends towards the empowerment and enlightenment of the Nigerian child.

“We have proposed a legislation to increase funding from the consolidated revenue. This move will see an increase from two per cent to three per cent.”

Adamu also called on SUBEBs’ executive chairmen, who are the direct supervisors of basic education implementation, to work in synergy with the Minister of State for Education, private proprietors and other non-state actors/non-governmental organisations to create the enabling environment for enhanced quality teaching and learning in schools.

On his part, the Executive Secretary of UBEC, Dr Hamid Bobboyi, said the commission was working hard to ensure equitable and quality basic education for all children of school age and would not relent in its efforts.

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