ActionAid Nigeria (AAN), an International organization working to promote social justice towards eradication of poverty in Nigeria, has said President Buhari’s commitment to increase education spending by 50% over the next two years and up to 100% by 2025, is worthy of commendation.
In a Statement signed and issued by the Country Director, Ene Obi earlier today revealed that the President made this commitment with the objective for Nigeria to reach the global benchmark of 20% of public allocation and expenditure to education.
However, according to the Statement, ActionAid is earnestly looking forward to the next steps and actions to back up the President’s commitment, to address the numerous challenges confronting the education sector.
“Nigeria is a signatory to many international instruments on the delivery of quality education, including the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), as such, we expect to see a directive to all relevant government Ministries, Departments and Agencies to prioritize and commence the process of incremental budgeting to actualize the commitment.”
“We are particularly delighted that the commitment responds to the call for Governments to take actions to increase the SHARE of funds allocated to and spent on free, quality, inclusive public education. This is very critical for the transformation of the sector and will help in placing the country on the path to sustainable education for all.
“Following the trend analysis of the Federal Government Budget by ActionAid Nigeria over the years, the allocation to education has declined relatively.
“Whereas the size of the Federal Government budget has increased since 2016, the allocation to education has been on the decline, although the allocation to education in the overall 2021 FGN budget increased from 5.61% in 2020 to 5.68% in 2021, it was lower than the 7% attained in 2016, 2018 and 2019.
The Statement further urges the Government to work with relevant organizations to enable greater scrutiny of future allocations by publicly publishing education budget and expenditure.
“To attain the SDG for education, it would be critical to not only increase the funding for education but also ensure that it is targeted at projects and programmes that are aimed at addressing the out-of-school phenomenon especially for girls and other marginalized children, improve learning outcomes and increase the nations stock of human capital that can be transformed into job creation.
“We want to encourage that there has to be quality provision of gender responsive public service facilities in all schools”, the statement said.