Non-governmental organisation, BudgIT, yesterday charged the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) to engage the ninth National Assembly on the passage of the UBEC Amendment Bill 2018, as states’ failure to fulfil their counterpart funds obligation has worsened the education crisis in Nigeria.
The group urged the federal government to facilitate the immediate passage of the bill as the development of the education sector is tied to adequate funding and proper monitoring of the use of funds. According to BudgIT, passage of the bill into law will go a long way in solving Nigeria’s education decline majorly by aligning funding with UNESCO standard on allotment of 15 to 20 percent of the national budget to education.
In a statement by its communications associate, Shakir Akorede, he said amending the UBEC Act 2004 will increase the block grant contribution of the federal government while reducing states’ counterpart funding from 50 percent to 25 percent in the interest of the dwindling education standard and millions of out-of-school children.
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