Budget: Don urges NASS to re-prioritise allocation to education sector

 A university lecturer, Prof. Job Nmadu, has urged the National Assembly to re-prioritise 2022 budgetary allocation to the education sector as it commences budget defence.Nmadu, who is Dean School of Agriculture and Agricultural Technology, FederalUniversity of Technology, Minna, made the call an interview with the News of Nigeria(NAN) on Thursday Abuja.

He said that the allocation of N1. 29 trillion to education sector, representing 7.9 per cent of the 2022 budget of N16.39 trillion, was inadequate considering the numerous challenges facing the sector.The don said, while education made one of the sectors with the highest budgetary allocations, N1.29 trillion was still grossly inadequate.“Quite honestly, whatever is provided the budget is welcome.“However, if we must achieve the desired developmental goals, the ideal focal point is investment education.“My candid opinion is that the National Assembly re-prioritise the 2022 budget now that budget defence has commenced and make enhanced allocation to sectors like education,” he said.Nmadu said that prioritising education would guarantee return on investment, adding that investment education was long-term and highest long run.

Nmadu noted that besides inadequate manpower,  the education sector had different levels of infrastructure need that huge funds to meet.

He commended President Muhammadu Buhari for coming up with programmes that would were beneficial to the sector as well as the promise to fund education budget up to 50 per cent coming years.He, however,  said improved funding to the sector would go a long way repositioning it while improving the economy general.The News of Nigeria(NAN) reports that President Muhammadu Buhari on Oct.  7, presented the 2022 Budget Proposal of N16.39 trillion to a joint session of the National Assembly.The budget is tagged, Budget of Economic Recovery and Sustainability.

Meanwhile, the Minister of Finance and National Planning, Mrs Ahmed, announced the allocation of N1.29 trillion, representing 7.9 per cent of the total budget to the education sector.She made the announcement at the public presentation and breakdown of the highlights of the 2022 Appropriation at the ministry’s auditorium Abuja on Oct. 8. the breakdown, education budget followed closely behind that of Defence and Security, which is N2.41 trillion or 15 per cent of the total budget while infrastructure is N1.4 trillion or 8.9 per cent of the budget.

budget followed behind education with N820 billion representing five per cent of the budget, among .NAN further reports that the 2022 budgetary allocation to the education sector is than that of 2021, which was N742.5 billion and  5.6 per cent of the total budget of that year.(NAN)