Nigeria sets up committee on alternative funding for education

Temitope Mustapha, Abuja

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The Nigerian government has inaugurated a committee that would find alternative and new source of mobilising resources to fund and transform the nation’s Education sector.

The Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Education, Sonny Echono, who inaugurated the committee in Abuja, charged committee members to interface with relevant stakeholders to collate their views and submit the report for the president’s consideration.

Inaugurating the committee , Echono said the challenge before the committee was enomous.

According to him, President Muhammadu Buhari is keen on addressing the challenges of the education sector.

He said: “The president accorded top priority to this assignment to ensure that we provide the right framework for intervention in the education sector.

Prior to this formal inauguration, I had the privilege of meeting with the Vice President as well as the Senate president to discuss the core priorities in the education sector.

“So it is a special privilege to welcome the members of this committee.
“The federal government alone cannot fund education adequately and we need to look at other sources.”

Echono listed the committee’s terms of reference to include the provision of effective strategies towards ensuring that adequate resources were made available to fund quality education at all levels.

Implementation Framework
The committee was also expected to review, harmonise and develop an implementation framework on the proposal produced in 2018 during a stakeholders workshop on the subject matter.

He said that the committee had up till August 15 to submit its report.

Committee Members
Members of the committee include Professor Suleiman Bogoro, Executive Secretary, Tertiary Education Trust Fund, Professor Abubakar Adamu, Executive Secretary, National Universities Commission.

Others are Professor Ismail Junaidu, Executive Secretary Nigerian Educational Research and Development Council and Dr Hammid Bobboyi, Executive Secretary, Universal Basic Education Commission.

Also part of the Committee are Proessor. Josiah Ajiboye, Registrar, Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria, the Legal Unit, Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation

It would be recalled that the Federal Ministry of Education and Finance in November 2018 organised a two-day stakeholders’ workshop with the theme, “Sustainable Funding for Education in Nigeria”.

 

Confidence Okwuchi