According to media reports, the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities, SSANU, has said the allocation of N403 billion to the education sector in the 2016 budget is still a far cry from the 26 per cent UNESCO standard.
The association in a communiqué signed by its national president, Comrade Samson Ugwoke, after a four day workshop and national executive council, NEC, meeting, at Michael Imoudu National Institute for Labour Studies, MINILS, Ilorin, Kwara State, described the allocation as disappointing and far cry from the 26 per cent UNESCO standard and also extremely low for positive impact on the educational sector.
SSANU in the communique stated said: “NEC in session noted with disappointment that the educational sector still remains highly underfunded, as the 2016 budgetary allocation to the educational sector is still extremely low.”
“NEC notes that the education sector is grossly disproportionate to the needs of the sector and N403.16 billion allocation is a far cry from the 26 per cent UNESCO standard. “NEC in session, notes that many countries with less incomes and population than Nigeria, place more premium on budgetary allocations on education and finds it ironic that a government that promised to employ 500, 000 teachers can devote so grossly meagre sums to the educational sector.”