Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari says he is committed to increasing the country’s budget for education by 50 per cent in the next two years and up to 100% by 2025.
The president stated this on Wednesday in the United Kingdom at the ongoing Global Education Summit.
The commitment was contained in a document titled, Heads Of State Call To Action On Education Financing Ahead Of The Global Education Summit.
The conference is co-hosted by UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, and Kenyan President, Uhuru Kenyatta.
Presidential spokesman Femi Adesina quoted Mr Buhari as saying: “We commit to progressively increase our annual domestic education expenditure by 50% over the next two years and up to 100% by 2025 beyond the 20% global benchmark.”
“I join my brother, His Excellency, Uhuru Kenyatta, President of the Republic of Kenya to affirm our commitment to improve 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.
“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.”
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.
By Abel Ejikeme