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2018 Budget: Low Allocation To Education Dangerous, May Hinder Growth – Waniko

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Fadeyi Oluwaseun
Ladoke Akintola University Ogbomosho
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200Level, Nigeria.

An educationist, Mrs. Oluwakemi Waniko, has urged the Federal Government to urgently review the paltry 7.04% of the N8.6 trillion 2018 budget to the education, saying that it is not enough to adequately cater for the needs of Nigerians, and could lead to retardation of the sector.

A breakdown of the budget showed that 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.

Waniko who stated this during the second edition of the Scholars Quiz Primary Spelling Competition in Ota, Ogun State, added that the 6 per cent allocated to the sector in 2017 and the proposed seven per cent in 2018 was insufficient to boost the nation’s education sector.

“The Federal Government needs to do more in the area of allocating additional funds for the sector so that the proposed target to achieve required percentage of the sustainable goal could be achieved in the sector. No nation can develop without massive investment in education because an educated nation is a developed nation,” she said.

Waniko, the organiser of the quiz competition, appealed to stakeholders and corporate organisations to support laudable programmes that could enhance development in the sector, saying that government funding capacity is dwindling to fund the sector alone.

She, therefore, urged well-meaning corporate organisations to assist in ensuring the attainment of sustainable development in the sector.

Speaking on the objective of the competition, Waniko said it was meant to improve the spelling skills, vocabulary, learning concepts of children as well as create academic and social interaction among pupils in different schools.

Waniko explained that the competition was developed out of the desire to reduce or eradicate poor spelling among pupils.

“It is pertinent that we take seriously the effect of incorrect spellings and wrong usage in order to reduce the high rate of failure in our examination in the country,” she added.

A total of 30 primary schools took part in the competition with Bells Nursery and Primary School, Ota, emerging the overall winner, while Kingdom Way Schools, Ota, and Emmanuel Children School, Ota, emerged second and third respectively.

The overall winner, Miss Odunjo Toluwanimi, who commended the organiser for creating a platform for pupils to hone their spellings skills was presented with a received a trophy, plaque and N15, 000 cash just as the first and second runners-up got a plaque, N10, 000 and N5, 000 cash respectively.

Read more https://independent.ng/2018-budget-low-allocation-to-education-dangerous-may-hinder-growth-waniko/

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