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Minister wants a state of emergency declared on education


The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, says the Federal Government needs one trillion Naira annually, to fulfill its campaign promises in education.

Adamu, who stated this at a special retreat of the Federal Executive Council on Education, at the conference hall of the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Monday, also advocated for declaration of state of emergency in education.

The Minister maintained that all change must begin with education, because, “if we get education right, other areas of our national life will be right and they will fall in line”.

“I believe that this retreat should end with a declaration of a state of emergency in education so that we can face the challenges frontally and squarely.

“These challenges are not insurmountable. What is needed is vastly improved funding accompanied by a strong political will.

“The strong political will needed to do all this is present in this government. What this government must now do is to make the funds available.

“Nobody has the moral and resource capacity to intervene promptly, substantially and sustainably in all areas of education provisioning better than the government.

“Unfortunately, from 1999 to date, the annual Budgetary allocation to education has always been between four per cent and 10 per cent.”