The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, said that contrary to public opinion, the Nigerian education system is well funded given the scarce resources of the federal government.
Speaking during the presentation of the book “Gamaliel Onosode Classicus, An Honorable Life” and the discussion on “Tapping Nigeria’s Greatest Resource: Growth Through Education,” Gbajabiamila said the education sector receives more funding than people realize.
Gbajabiamila, who noted that government resources are currently scarce and what could be done is being done, said funding for the sector is not enough, however, as it still falls short of the 23 percent recommended by UNESCO.
“When people see the funding of the education sector by the federal government of Nigeria, many look at the budget of the Ministry of Education, but education in Nigeria is funded beyond the Ministry of Education.
Many forget that there is Universal Basic Education (UBEC), the Higher Education Trust Fund (TETFUND), there is funding from the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) and there is interventions of district projects.
“When you put these interventions together, we will be looking at a higher percentage of what the federal government is spending on education in Nigeria. This does not mean that it is sufficient because it is not close to the 23% of the UNESCO provision.
“But it’s important not to isolate the education ministry from what the government spends on education. There are other areas and we will continue to provide opportunities to fund education. However, we need to understand that resources are scarce and things are not the way they were in terms of resources. “
In his goodwill message, British Deputy High Commissioner Ben Llewellyn-Jone urged the country to spend more on education and health rather than on fuel subsidies. Noting that universal health care and universal basic education have been the bedrock of development and growth in the UK for the past 500 years, he said: example is taking so much.
In her opening speech, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the Pan African University of Lagos, Prof. Enase Okonedo, noted that there is a need for the curriculum used at all levels of education in the country to be revised as currently used. was not helpful in training employable graduates.