The lead director of Centre for Social Justice, Eze Onyechere has identified lack of push by leaders at the various states of Nigeria, as reason why education is going into comma.
He made this observation, in Abuja, as a lead speaker at a two-day national stakeholders meeting on inclusive education organised by Civil Society Action Coalition on Education for All (CSACEFA). Speaking on theme of the meeting, “Achieving Inclusive Education for All by 2030 through Effective Education Financing/Budgeting,” Onyechere explained that it is sad for over N50 billion to be lying idle at the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC), while children in some states still learn under mango trees.
He advised the electorate to choose their leaders carefully, to ensure that the fortune of education is turned around.
“We must use our ‘first eleven’ to get things right in the education sector. I mean, for somebody, who calls himself a governor but does not appreciate the value of education, how do you expect him to turnaround the fortune of education in his state.
“We have states where children still learn under mango trees. Schools are forced to close, once it is about to rain, yet, about N50 billion is lying idle at the UBEC. Nobody wants to access it.”
While welcoming participants, the national moderator of CSACEFA, Kabiru Aliyu said, the group has recorded tremendous achievements. It has opened many closed doors.
According to Aliyu, for the first time, CSACEFA has concluded personnel audit with UBEC and opened collaboration with the World Bank.
The representative of the minister of Education, Baba Seidman Adamu, praised the contribution of civil society organisations.
“Nigeria is a country with large population and will need the collaboration of the civil society organisations to close the gap in the implementation of education policies. The involvement of the CSOs will ensure proper implementation of education budgetary processes,” Adamu said.