By Justice C. Agoha.
President Muhammadu Buhari
The Federal Government says it would spend N369.6 billion on the education sector in 2016.
President Muhammadu Buhari disclosed this while presenting the 2016 Budget proposal to a joint session of the National Assembly presided over by Senate President, Bukola Saraki, in Abuja on Tuesday.
The 2016 Budget, tagged “Budget of Change,” proposes N6.08 trillion with a revenue projection of N3.86 trillion.
According to President Buhari, the Federal Government would liaise with local and state governments across the country in order to recruit, train and deploy 500,000 teachers so as to boost the quality of basic education provided to Nigerian students.
“As an emergency measure to address the chronic shortage of teachers in public schools across the country, we also will partner with State and Local Governments to recruit, train and deploy 500,000 unemployed graduates and NCE holders.
“These graduate teachers will be deployed to primary schools, thereby enhancing the provision of basic education, especially in our rural areas,” he said.
The President further stated that his administration was working hard on a programme that would ensure “free education for science, technology and education students” in tertiary institutions across Nigeria.
He said the Federal Government would devote a significant portion of its recurrent expenditure to institutions that provide critical government services, including the education sector.
“We will spend N369.6 billion in Education; N294.5 billion in Defence; N221.7 billion in Health and N145.3 billion in the Ministry of Interior,” Buhari said.
Education Post recalls that this Budget represents the first full budget of the President Buhari-led government which came into being on May 29, 2015.