Nigeria Senate amends Universal Education Act, raise funding for education

Sen. Aliyu Wamakko (APC -Sokoto North) has
said that the Senate has amended the
Universal Education Act to ease pressure on
states in accessing funds for infrastructure
development in schools.
Wamakko who is the Chairman, Senate
Committee on Basic and Secondary Education,
made the disclosure in a statement issued by
his media aide, Bashir Mani on Friday in
He said the Compulsory, Free, Universal
Education Act 2004 was amended on
Thursday, and now has provision which made
primary and secondary education free and
compulsory in the country.
“It seeks to increase the block grant
contribution of the Federal Government to
education, just as it seeks to reduce the
contribution of the state governments.
”This is aimed at reducing the current
situation where most states are unable to
access the grant owing to their inability to
contribute the 50 per cent of the total cost of
projects as its commitment in its execution.
”The two per cent budgetary allocation to
Universal Basic Education Commission by the
Central Government is now increased to three
per cent.
”The bill provides free and compulsory
education for all Nigerian children from
primary up to secondary schools,” he said.

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