Niger explains increase in budgetary allocation to education

By Isa Lapai, Minna

Niger State Government has explained that its decision to increase budgetary allocation to the education sector was informed by the pervasive rot in met on ground when it assumed office in May last year.

A statement issued by the state government on Wednesday lamented the rot as reported in some daily newspapers, saying the former government led by former Governor Isa Yuguda gave a false impression on the situation on ground.

“The ugly pictures of school pupils sitting on the floor while receiving lessons in a public primary school in Bauchi metropolis published today in the major Nigerian newspapers have only further confirmed the sorry state of schools, and generally education the administration of Governor Mohammed Abubakar Bauchi state revealed it inherited on assumption of office in May last year.” The statement reads in part.

The statement went further to add that “These pictures, ugly as they are, have only brought to the fore the fallacies in the claims of the past administration that the sector under its watch had received serious government attention and the need for something concrete to be done to rescue the sector from total collapse.

“It is unfortunate that this is even found in the State Capital, just a case study; the condition of public schools in other rural communities away from the preying eyes of the press is therefore better imagined.”

To address the problem, the statement added that Governor Mohammed Abubakar has increased “Budgetary allocation of 20 % of the 2016 appropriation above the 15 percent recommended by the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization, UNESCO, appointed his Deputy, Engineer Nuhu Gidado to oversee the affairs of the Ministry of Education as Commissioner.”

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