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Collaborative Funding Central To Achieving Education 2030 
Agenda – Minister

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The minister of education, Mallam Adamu Adamu had stated 
that for the nation to achieve the goal of education 2030 
Agenda, funding for education should not be exclusively 
reserve for federal, state and local government but should 
involve a collaborative effort of all stakeholders, corporate and
private organisations.
 Speaking during the 63rd Meeting of the National Council of 
Education (NCE) ministerial session, Adamu stated that with a 
population of over 170 million, 45 per cent of which are below 
15 years, the burden on education has become overwhelming 
on the three tiers of government.
 The theme of the session is ‘Funding of Education for the 
Achievement of Education 2030 Agenda’.

“In achieving the goals of education 2030 Agenda, conscious 
efforts must be made to increase funding of education”, Adamu
noted adding: “This, however raises some fundamental 
questions which stakeholders here must address”
 Continuing, the education minister asked: “Since the Federal 
Government has committed 6 per cent of its 2017 budget to 
education, which is far below the UN benchmark, what is the 
responsibility of states, parents, and multinational companies 
in their domains doing to bridge the gap and provide the 
education sector a much needed life.

He urged members of the council to not only look into ways of 
creating fund for education but to look into necessary tracking 
mechanisms put in place to guarantee judicious and affective 
use of the fund. Adamu however listed absence of reliable and realistic data as 
part of the problems bedeviling the education sector stressing 
that the federal government in recognition of the importance of
data has carried out massive school census to ascertain the 
number of children attending schools in the country.
The meeting was attended by commissioners of education from
states, FCT secretary for education, permanent secretaries from
federal and state ministries of education, directors, chief 
executives of parastatals, the principal from Federal Unity 
Colleges and other stakeholders.

Meanwhile, about 2,274 internally displaced children from 
Adamawa, Borno and Yobe have successfully been transferred 
to 43 Federal Government Colleges in the country.
The minister of education revealed this during the 63rd 
Meeting of the National Council of Education (NCE) 
Ministerial Session in Abuja yesterday. Adamu explained that under the Safe School Initiative (SSI), in
collaboration with the ministry of Finance and National 
Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), the federal 
government has put things in place to not only protect the 
Nigerian children but to ensure that internally displaced 
children continue with their education.



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