Senate Amends Act To Improve Access To Education Funding
More funding will be coming to Nigerian States to enable them meet their responsibility in the education sector.
The Senate has amended the Universal Education Act to open up funding available to states' education sector.
The Chairman, Senate Committee on Basic and Secondary Education, Senator Aliyu Wamakko, believes the amendment will ease pressure on states in accessing funds for infrastructure development in schools.
Senator Wamakko said that the Compulsory, Free, Universal Education Act 2004 was amended on Thursday, and now has provision which made primary and secondary education free and compulsory in Nigeria.
“It seeks to increase the block grant contribution of the Federal Government to education, just as it seeks to reduce the contribution of the state governments.
“This is aimed at reducing the current situation where most states are unable to access the grant owing to their inability to contribute the 50% of the total cost of projects as its commitment in its execution.
“The 2% budgetary allocation to Universal Basic Education Commission by the Central Government is now increased to 3%.
“The bill provides free and compulsory education for all Nigerian children from primary up to secondary schools,” he said.