ASUU strike: Allocate FG budget for school-going students in 2022 – Report
Amid the University Academic Staff Union strike, ASUU, a case launched with the help of an advocacy group, Invictus Africa, revealed on Tuesday that the university district had secured guarantee the lowest budget allocation by 2022.
The file titled “Federal Government Budget Allocations for Education Data and Analysis from 2015 to 2022” pegged the Federal Government Budget Allocation for School Enrolment at 5.39%, which corresponds to 923.79 billion Naira over the whole financial is N17.13 trillion .
The filing also revealed that 5.39 percentage points translated into a 50% reduction from the 10.79 percent allotted for tuition in 2015.
“The 2022 federal government budget allocated to schooling is 5.39% or 923.79 billion N923.79 billion out of a total budget of 17.13 trillion N17. This amount is spent on personnel (662.7 billion Naira), general expenses (38.8 billion Naira) and capital expenditure (222.2 billion Naira). “The 5.39% allocation is not just a small burst of 0.29% over 2021, of which 5.68% was allocated during the quarter, it’s far from the lowest percentage allocated to education with federal government support for the past ten years.
“Thinking further that 5.39 percent is a reduction of 50 percent from the 10.79 percent allocated to schools in 2015, a comparative estimate of the Naira price of these percent, although depending on depends on the exchange of the greenback, which simply shows a moderate difference between the 2015 and 2022 allocations.
“Invictus Africa reiterates the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) standard of 4-6% of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) or 15-20% of government spending.
“As school attendance is included in the concurrent list of the Nigerian Constitution, when envisioning the share of overall public expenditure spent on schooling in Nigeria, special budget reallocation must be considered, including financial allocations with support from user countries and the federal government and However, these data simply indicate the federal government’s allocation for schooling.
In giving her access to the data, Invictus Africa CEO Bukky Shonibare denounced the dire results of underfunding education with the help of the federal government. “The need for higher investment from FG-owned public universities was one of the many issues that caused the famous unrestricted strike movements through the use of the Academic Staff Association,” she said. University Arts, ASUU.
“The ASUU Modern Strike has been going on since February 14, 2022, disrupting the higher education of many students.”
Shonibare cites that budget allocations reveal the priorities and political will of governments, including a school budget explosion that would suggest that a large number of the training population across Nigeria has can get access to free, safe and pleasant school, even if the applicability of high school and higher education.
“Government funding education is not always the easiest thing to do in fulfilling its responsibility to realize the right to education, which is strategic, because investing in education is simultaneously linked to poverty reduction.” and crime, as well as improvements in Nigeria’s capacity and financial viability,” she said.