Ministry of Finance pledges adequate budget allocation for safe schools project

The Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning is committed to creating an adequate budget allocation to fund the federally initiated safe schools program.

Permanent Secretary, Finance (Special Tasks) Shehu Aliyu Sinkafi made the pledge during the Safe Schools Funding Stakeholder Engagement Forum held yesterday at the NAF Conference Center in Abuja. He said the federal government is committed to ensuring a safer teaching and learning environment. Along the same lines, the ministry.

This newspaper reported on the failure of the federal government to implement the provisions of the Safe Schools Declaration ratification documents three years after Nigeria signed it. The aim is to keep Nigerian schools safe for safe teaching and learning.

President Muhammadu Buhari signed the program on December 31, 2019, with the promise to implement the intergovernmental commitment in Nigeria. Three years later, the government has yet to implement an emergency program to improve access to and quality of education for more than 40 million schoolchildren.

The current insecurity in Nigeria has severely affected the country’s education sector, the country with the highest number of out-of-school children, following a series of terrorist attacks on schools, particularly in the north.

Hajia Halima Iliya, who heads the Safe Schools Funding Steering Committee and Secretariat, established to engage key stakeholders in the quest to develop and launch a national Safe Schools Funding Plan, urged participants to come up with ideas on how to make Nigerian schools more secure.

His committee is expected to produce a document that will outline how the Nigerian government can address the challenges of insecurity in the education sector and ensure a safer and more secure teaching, learning and living environment in all its schools. and learning centers.

The expected roles of various stakeholders, including national and sub-national governments, school communities, host communities, local and international non-governmental organizations, international agencies and donor partners.

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