SHAME! Senate Cuts Education Budget To Fund 2019 Election
The UN benchmark for the education sector for all member countries is 26%.
But Nigeria hardly scratches the surface as its education budget rarely goes beyond 10% of total expenditure.
In fact, in the 2018 budget, Nigeria’s education budget is 7.03%, a far cry from the 26% UN benchmark.
But it is even about to get worse as that education budget for 2018 has even gotten a further reduction.
Although the cuts affected other sectors, the one for education seems not justifiably.
On Wednesday, the Nigerian Senate reconsidered its approval of supplementary budget for the conduct of 2019 elections budget.
The upper legislative chamber resolved that contrary to the earlier resolution, the budget of 242.2 billion naira would be funded from service wide votes and 30 ministries, agencies and departments, MDAs.
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What this means is that half of the sum budget for the elections would be sourced by cutting the budgets of the ministries, departments and agencies.
A breakdown of the amount sourced from the MDAs include 10.238 billion naira from education, 8 billion naira from health, 8.9 billion naira from budget and national planning and 7.5 billion-naira from science and technology.
Others are 25.527 billion naira from power, works and housing; 12.6 billion naira from water resources; 11 billion naira from agriculture and rural development.
The senate also cut 6.7 billion naira from the office of the secretary to the government of the federation (SGF), 7 billion naira from trade and investment ministry and 2.7 billion naira from labour and employment.
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