Borno Doing Better Than FG In Education Budget
The Borno State government is doing better than the Federal Government in its education budget.
While the Federal Government is trying to go beyond 10% in its budget allocation to the education sector, the Borno State government is already near 20% of the state's entire budget.
The Governor of the State, Kashim Shettima, has presented a 125.828 billion Naira 2019 Appropriation Bill to the state’s House of Assembly on December 24, 2018 and in that proposal, education was apportioned over 24 billion Naira which is about 19.07% of the entire budget.
A breakdown of the budget showed that 61 billion Naira was for capital projects, while 63 billion Naira was for recurrent expenditure.
The budget document showed that education got the lion share of allocation in the proposed budget as it also planned to reinvigorate and address the destruction caused by Boko Haram insurgency in the sector.
Education in Borno State had suffered a set back with the attacks on schools by Boko Haram. It climaxed with the abduction of Chibok schoolgirls, forcing parents to withdraw their children from school.
But the government said education was its topmost concern.
"Education has the highest allocation, as it remained our topmost priority; for a state that has suffered setbacks from an ideology which seeks to destroy education, the best response is to continually invest heavily in education," the proposal read.
Major highlights of the budget include the allocation of 11.297 billion Naira to the state’s Ministry of Education for capital and recurrent expenditures, as the government works toward completing ongoing school projects and executing new ones.
Others include the provision of 2.227 billion Naira to the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) to fast track the construction and rehabilitation of schools’ infrastructure destroyed by the Boko Haram insurgents, procurement of furniture,computers, photocopying machines, teaching and learning materials, as well as utility vehicles.
The state government noted in the document that “it is a deliberate strategy to change primary school system and to lay solid foundation of learning for children.''
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