FG Criticises States For Not Prioritising Education

The Federal Government has taken a swipe at some state governments for not prioritising educational development in their states despite Nigeria’s 10.5 million out of school children.

It also disclosed that N53 billion funds budgeted for basic education in states lie un-accessed because of the failure of the state governments to provide counterpart funding.

The Supervising Minister of Education, Chief Nyesom Wike who spoke during the presentation of the scorecard of the Ministry in Abuja Thursday said such state governments only pretend to make education a priority, but have refused to take concrete steps to develop the sector.

“If they provide their counterpart funding, it means we should have about N70 billion and that would do a lot for the quality in the sector if we invest that kind of money,” he said [Thisday]