Nigeria: Buhari - We'll Increase Education Funding By 50% In 2022, 2023

29 July 2021

Abuja — President Muhammadu Buhari has given an assurance that Nigeria's budget for the education sector would be increased by 50 per cent in the 2022 and 2023 Appropriation Bills.

The President, in a release Wednesday, by one of his Media Advisers, Femi Adesina, pledged to increase the budget for the education sector by as much as 50 per cent over the next two years.

In a document titled, Heads of State Call To Action On Education Financing Ahead Of The Global Education Summit, signed as a form of commitment at the on-going Education Summit in London, United Kingdom, President Buhari stated: "We commit to progressively increase our annual domestic education expenditure by 50% over the next two years and up to 100% by 2025 beyond the 20% global benchmark."

The President, in the declaration stated further: "I join my brother, His Excellency, Uhuru Kenyatta, President of the Republic of Kenya to affirm our commitment to improve learning outcomes in our respective countries by ensuring equitable access to quality and inclusive education for all our citizens, with particular emphasis on the girl child.

"We fully endorse the call for more efficient use of resources and to significantly increase investment in education by strengthening institutions, promoting greater adoption of technology, building the capacities of our teachers and mobilising additional financial resources through legal frameworks and deliberate intervention on a sustainable basis.

"In this regard, we commit to progressively increase our annual domestic education expenditure by 50% over the next two years and up to 100% by 2025 beyond the 20% global benchmark. Let us, therefore, raise our hands in solidarity to build a more secure and prosperous future for our children."

The Summit, which was co-hosted by the Prime Minister of UK Boris Johnson and Kenyatta, sought to give opportunity for leaders to make five-year pledges to support GPE's work to help transform education systems in up to 90 countries and territories.

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