BY CHUKWUMA NNAM
Nigeria President Muhammadu Buhari has committed his government to fifty per cent budgetary allocation for education in the next two years of his government.
The statement was contained 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 ongoing Summit in London, United Kingdom.
A statement issued by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Chief Femi Adesina, explained that the new agreement will see Nigeria steadily increasing investment up to 100 per cent by 2025.
The statement quoted the President as saying, “I join my brother, His Excellency, Uhuru Kenyatta, President of the Republic of Kenya to affirm our commitment to improving 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.
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“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 mobilizing additional financial resources through legal frameworks and deliberate intervention on a sustainable basis.
“Let us, therefore, raise our hands in solidarity to build a more secure and prosperous future for our children”, President Buhari disclosed.
President Buhari is attending the ongoing Global Education Summit on Financing Global Partnership for Education (GPE) 2021-2025 in London, the United Kingdom.
The Summit, which is being co-hosted by the Prime Minister of UK Boris Johnson and the President of Kenya Uhuru Kenyatta seeks to give opportunities for leaders to make 5-year pledges to support GPE’s work to help transform education systems in up to 90 countries and territories.