Ms. Ibironke Adeagbo, the founder and CEO of the group, IA-Foundation made the appeal during a telephone interview with the Nigerian news agency in Abuja on Sunday. Speaking on the sector allocation of 7.9% of its 2022 budget from the federal government to education, the international group stressed that “this figure does not reflect the commitment made by President Muhammadu Buhari during of the International Summit on Education, held in London last July
The federal government allocated 1.29 billion naira for education in the 2022 budget, which is 7.9% of the total budget.
“The 7.9% allocation to the education sector does not go far enough as education in Nigeria has lost a lot of ground during the coronavirus pandemic.
“Especially since banditry and other crimes have taken their toll on the education sector in the country.
“Now is the right time for the federal government to build the capacity and build the resilience of the education sector, in order to create a better future in a country where approximately 13 million children are currently out of school. “
The international summit was facilitated by the British Prime Minister, Mr Boris Johnson and the President of Kenya, Mr Uhuru Kenyetta, in the presence of Buhari.
Adeagbo, who is also an international campaigner for Nigeria to tackle the out-of-schooling crisis affecting millions of children in this West African country, noted that the government must do more. huge investments in the education sector of the country to fight against eternal underdevelopment.
She described quality education as the backbone of the growth and development of any nation, claiming that Nigeria can never be the “Giant of Africa” without providing education to its citizens, especially the youngest
The former director of the British Safety Council also instructed the Nigerian government to take advantage of the new malaria vaccine announced by the World Health Organization to protect its younger generation from dying of the disease.
Records show that around 51 million cases of malaria are recorded in Nigeria each year, representing around 207,000 deaths.
Adeagbo has worked with Nigerian authorities over the years to tackle issues in the education sector.
Source: NAN (By Ruth Oketunde)
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