School pupils. Photo: Radio Nigeria.
The Federal Government says it has proposed a legislation to increase funding from the consolidated revenue fund to the nation’s basic education sector.
The Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, said the move would see an increase from the current 2% to 3% of statutory allocation from the consolidated revenue fund to the basic education, with further 1% to be invested in the senior secondary education segment.
The Minister stated this at a meeting of Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) Management with the Executive Chairmen of State Universal Basic Education Boards (SUBEBs) held on Tuesday in Benin, Edo State.
Represented by the Director, Basic Education, Federal Ministry of Education, Dr. Folake Olatunji-David, the minister said the present administration is also fully committed to bridging the national skills gap by supporting institutions and establishing new ones to accelerate the production of trained manpower for the different sectors of the national economy.
“The Buhari’s administration is committed to ensuring that these interventions have long-lasting dividends towards the empowerment and enlightenment of the Nigerian child,” he said.
The Minister called on SUBEBs’ Executive Chairmen, who are the direct supervisors of basic education implementation, to work in synergy with stakeholders to create the enabling environment for enhanced quality teaching and learning in schools.
The Executive Secretary of UBEC, Dr. Hamid Bobboyi, said the Commission is working hard to ensure equitable and quality basic education for all children of school age and would not relent in its efforts.
He explained that the success of any system of education is hinged on proper planning and effective implementation.
“This is what UBEC and SUBEB are striving to achieve through their partnership,” he said.
Recall that the meeting of UBEC Management with the Executive Chairmen of SUBEBs has over the years helped in bringing together stakeholders to discuss basic education Implementation in Nigeria, assess the progress being made, the challenges, and proffer solutions.