Kaduna: Government Spends N142.9bn On Basic Education In 4 Years

The Kaduna State Government said on Saturday that it had expended N142.9 billion on basic education between 2015 and 2018.

The state’s Commissioner for Education Science and Technology, Ja’afaru Sani, disclosed this in Kaduna in a paper entitled, “Management and Funding of Basic Education in Kaduna State”.

The paper was presented at the ongoing two-day policy retreat on “The State of Basic Education in Kaduna State: “Prospects and Challenges”, organised by the state’s Ministry for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs.

Sani explained that basic education in the state was being funded through counterpart fund from the state, its 23 local government areas and the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC), as well as grants from international agencies.

He explained that out of the N142.9 billion, N3.8 billion was counterpart fund from the state, LGAs and UBEC, accessed between 2015 and 2016.

He added the counterpart fund for 2017 and 2018 amounting to N5.5 billion would be accessed in June.

He added that N64.9 billion was also spent on primary school teachers and 28 billion naira on education personnel.

Sani also said that N9.4 billion was spent on state school feeding programme in 2016, while N22.5 billion was spent under the ongoing National Home-Grown School Feeding Programme from 2017 to date.

“Also, N8.3 billion external aid was expended on basic education, of which 21.6 million U.S. dollars, equivalent to N6.6 billion came from World Bank under the Global Partnership for Education and Nigerian Partnership for Education Project.

“3.6 million pounds, equivalent to N1.4 billion came from United Kingdom Department for International Development’s Teacher Development Programme, while N254.2 million came from UNICEF,” he said

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