2018 Budget: Buhari allocates 7% to education

UNILAG STUDENTS [photo credit: Pulse.ng]
UNILAG STUDENTS [photo credit: Pulse.ng]

Nigeria’s education sector has again been allocated much lower than the 26 percent of national budget recommended by the United Nations.

The global organisation recommended the budgetary benchmark to enable nations adequately cater for rising education demands.

But in the proposal presented to the National Assembly on Tuesday, President Muhammadu Buhari allocated only 7.04% of the 8.6 trillion 2018 budget to the education.

The total sum allocated to the sector is N605.8 billion, with N435.1 billion for recurrent expenditure, N61.73 billion for capital expenditure and N109.06 billion for the Universal Basic Education Commission.

The allocation is lower than the 7.4 percent the government gave the education sector in the of N7.4 trillion 2017 budget.

The breakdown of the N550 billion allocated in 2017 was N398 billion for recurrent expenditure, N56 billion for capital expenditure and N95 billion to UBEC.

Although the N605 billion allocated to the sector this year is higher in naira terms than the N550 billion allocated in 2017, there is a decrease in percentage terms.

This decrease, apart from expanding the gap with respect to the UN recommendation, is also in spite of the government committing to increase spending on education following a strike from August 13 by the Academic Union of Universities, ASUU, that forced Nigerian universities to shut down until the strike was called off on September 18.

The university teachers were protesting poor funding of universities and the failure of government to implement an agreement it signed in 2009 with ASUU to improve facilities and enhance staff welfare at the institutions.

The Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities, SSANU, Non-Academic Staff Union of Universities, NASU and the National Association of Academic Technologists, NAAT, commenced a nationwide strike on September 11, although it was called off 10 days later.

To pacify the teachers and other workers, the government undertook to increase funding of the universities and to implement the 2009 agreement and others, which also increased the financial commitment of the government to the universities.

The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics, ASUP, is currently threatening to embark on an indefinite strike of its own on Monday November 13 unless the federal government pays its 2016 shortfalls and all outstanding arrears.

Apart from that commitment to provide more fund for universities, the government is also under pressure to address the menace of increased number of out-of-school-children through measures that include its social intervention programme.

According to UNICEF, Nigeria has about 10.5 million out- of- school children, the world’s highest.


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  • Gideon musa

    if the hope a nation is destroyed (which is Education.) what will our future be. Education is going down the ditch and yet still nobody is wise enough to consider the futrue and nobody cares. Am sorry but I feel the biggest problem of this nation is the Corruption of The Mind which is SELFISHNESS.
    They will not live to see what they saw, they don’t care what ever happen, the future will take care of its self. but thats not how life works. our leaders need to think twice, they need to build a foundation that will sustain this nation. and if care is not taken, Boko Haram will keep on increasing, not because people want to become terrorist, but because they have no option. God bless Nigeria, there is still hope, for God is with the faithfull and he will not let them be destroyed along with the wicked.

  • emmanuel

    Who really expected a man with such little education if any, or a man who could not even pass a high school (secondary) exam to pay attention to education? As far as Napoleon and his puppies are concerned as far as they send their children abroad to study they don’t give a damn what happens in Nigerian educational sector. May they all rot in the hottest parts of hell.

    • Maria

      How much did Jonathan with PhD allocate? What percentage?

      • M

        How much did Yar Adua allocated during his two years? How much did Obasanjo allocate during his own 8 years? If you are still debating what Jonathan did in his time, two years after he has left the seat of power, then I really feel sorry for you. PMB is the one on the hot seat and he has to defend everything he chooses to do as it affects more than just him, his family and his village. If in 2017, Nigeria is still spending less than 25% of its budget on education and over 50% on recurrent expenditure (i.e. accrued debts from unexplained borrowing) then this is not a serious country. Please, take your eyes off what was not done in the recent past and fix you eyes on what should be done in the now.

        • Daniel

          Great response .
          Also people ate so short sighted.
          As of today in Nigeria infrastructure , food and security is more important than education.
          You can’t learn on an empty stomach or an unsecured environment when you are scared of been kidnapped or used for ritual.
          We are still dealing with physiological needs in Nigeria .

          • Really

            Fulani Herdsman!!!

  • Adebanjo

    Nigerians are the only people on earth who sow miserable Cassava stems yet expect to reap gigantic tubers of Yam. A man who failed his WAEC except Islamic studies and Hausa language should now invest in Education??? Naturally such a man will invest in weapons for Islamic Jihad and militancy and that is exactly what he (Buhari) has done by budgeting for weapons (Defense). Oh Nigeria! Onee chance!

    • Powerlessconscious

      You guys are bunch of WASTED EDUCATION. No wonder Phd gej destroyed your future with Phd education level.
      Illiterate. You can be SAD forever. You are the PRODUCT of your DECISIONS.

  • M-olaniyi Odebode

    Bravo to the Buhari-led APC administration. For the first time in several decades, Nigeria has earmarked greater than one percent of its budget for the Education sector; it used to be much less than one percent. This is a good beginning in the quest to salvage the country’s ruined educational system. That proportion must be increasingly jerked up with time, till it becomes a minimum of 20%
    However, corruption, looting, profligacy, etc. are not unique to Nigerian politicians and their agents. The Buhari government’s anti-graft agencies should therefore closely monitor how the funds allocated to the Education sector are spent.
    Big congratulations to President Buhari and his team for this bold step to return sanity to Nigeria’s priority list.

    • Bassey K.P.M. Bassey

      It is pitiably disheartening that you find place to praise a dismal Mohammadu Buhari and his clueless band of confused APC govt officials for a mere 7% allocation to education. This is a government whose principal officers throng foreign hospitals for medical attention and their wards for education while the equivalent Nigerian sectors remain desolate with no attention from these bands of political terrorists. At this hour and time of economic disaster in Nigeria no criticisms however acerbic could be viewed as too excessive but alas your comments of praise for the indefensible. I am sure Mary Tubman (The late US slave abolitionist) had people like you in mind when she famously wrote:

      “…I freed a thousand slaves. I could have freed more only if they knew they were slaves”

      • M-olaniyi Odebode

        EZI OKWU! THE BUHARI-LED APC GOVERNMENT STARTED MEDICAL TOURISM IN NIGERIA. IT IS ALSO RESPONSIBLE FOR ALL THE OTHER ILLS THAT HAVE PLAGUED NIGERIA SINCE ITS INCEPTION. MY BROTHER, I KNOW THAT LOSING AN ELECTION IS PAINFUL. I ALSO KNOW THAT THOSE WHO LOST THE 2015 ELECTION ARE STILL SMARTING AND CAN NEVER SEE ANYTHING GOOD ABOUT THEIR VANQUISHER. BUT THE VOCALLY SILENT MAJORITY OF NIGERIANS ARE NO FOOLS. THEY WILL SPEAK WITH THEIR VOTES IN 2019.
        IT IS ALSO TRUE THAT THE YORUBA AND MEMBERS OF ALL OTHER (NON-IGBO) ETHNIC GROUPS WHO SERVE IN THE PRESENT GOVERNMENT ARE SLAVES (OSU). BUT THE iGBO WHO SERVED WITH, BUT USUALLY UNDER, VARIOUS NORTHERNER PRESIDENTS/HEADS OF STATE WERE NOT SLAVES; THEY WERE FREE-BORN! PROMINENT AMONG THEM WERE
        NNAMDI AZIKIWE AND NWAFOR ORIZU (1960-1966); UKPABI ASIKA (UNDER GENERAL GOWON); ALEX EKWUEME AND CHUBA OKADIGBO (UNDER THE FULANI PRESIDENT SHEHU SHAGARI); EBITO UKIWE (UNDER BABANGIDA) AND SO MANY OTHERS WHO SERVED IN GOVERNMENTS FROM 1999 TO 2015.
        AS YOU WOULD HAVE NOTICED, ADOPTED/FAKE NAMES CANNOT DECEIVE ME; THE CONTENT OF THE POST SHOWS THE TRUTH ON IDENTITY.

  • Decimator

    What else does one expect from a WEAC Certificate falsifier who openly sees his Fulani Herdmen terrorist group as ordinary criminal gang to be protected in their constitutional duty of murdering and maiming innocent Citizens of the Nigerian Enclave.

    For what does he and his fellow Tyrants and Vandals need education, if they could occupy the oval office without the basic minimum WAEC requirement and perpetually attend medical holidays in London at will?

  • Econometrica

    @molaniyiodebode:disqus

    Muhamadu Buhari ramps up cash deficits like a drunken mariner, after
    blowing up 15 trillion Naira in two years with nothing to show for it, except
    his pandering to northern Muslims and his grant of indulgences to thefts by
    elite Muslims in northern Nigeria. That is not the sort of president Nigeria
    needs or deserves. Muhamadu Buhari here proposes to increase national debt
    by another six (6) billion dollars, to hit 24 billion dollars by end of the next
    financial year. Under his proposed budget, bereft as it is on policy ideas for
    development, Nigeria would worse off than before Europeans agreed $18 billon
    interest-on-debt write off for Nigeria a decade ago through the Paris Club.

    • M-olaniyi Odebode

      Yes, it is President Buhari’s fault that when the crude oil price hovered around 140 US Dollars per barrel and Nigeria’s oil production was at its peak ever, Nigeria saved not a kobo. Instead, the excess money made was looted and squandered so that the country was forced to borrow rather than be in the black.
      I am sure that the President who did that is far better than Buhari and he will, by your wish, be brought back in 2019 to replace Buhari and to continue his avowed mission of promoting corruption, treasury looting, profligacy, etc. aimed at completely destroying Nigeria’s economy.