ActionAid Nigeria congratulated President Muhammadu Buhari for his commitment to increase education spending by 50% over the next two years and up to 100% by 2025.
This was contained in a statement by Country Director, ActionAid Nigeria, Ms. Ene Obi, in Lagos on Friday.
Obi said the increase was in tandem with the goal of reaching the global benchmark of 20 percent of public education allocation and spending.
She noted that Buhari made the pledge at the World Education Summit in London, which was co-hosted by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta.
According to her, ActionAid looks forward to the next steps and actions to support the president’s commitment to address the many challenges facing the education sector.
She said Nigeria is a signatory to many international instruments on providing quality education, including the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
“As such, we expect to see direction to all relevant government ministries, departments and agencies to prioritize and begin the progressive budgeting process to actualize the commitment.
“We are particularly pleased that this commitment responds to the call for governments to take action to increase the share of funds allocated and spent on free, quality and inclusive public education. This is very critical for the transformation of the sector and will help put the country on the path of sustainable education for all, ”Obi said.
She said available records show Nigeria is home to the largest number of out-of-school children in the world (estimated at around 10.5 million).
Obi urged all branches of government to collectively advance this commitment and ensure that the necessary steps are taken to actualize it.
She called on the government to work with relevant organizations to enable further scrutiny of future allocations by publicly releasing the education budget and spending.
“We want to encourage the provision of quality public services in all schools,” she said.