Adamawa CSOs advocate a budget increase in line with FG’s commitment
A coalition of five Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) has tasked the Adamawa government to increase education funding by spending 22.5 per cent of the state budget in line with the Federal Government commitment.
Hassana Shuaibu, spokesperson of the group made the call while reading a communique at a news conference in Yola Wednesday.
She said the coalition was under the auspices of the Education Champion Network (ECN) Founded by the Malala Foundation.
She called for the provision of counterpart funding to access Universal Basic Education, UBE funds, to allow for increased financing of the education selector.
“Strengthening the education monitoring and evaluation systems by implementing the UNESCO National Education Account to guide proper budget preparation and implementation.
“And make budgets gender-responsive, transparent, and utilised in education.
“The government should ensure schools are truly free for 12 years by eliminating hidden fees such as education levies, PTA fees, and exam fees in all schools,” she said.
Shuaibu further called on governments to always make schools safe amongst many other demands.
She also said that the current administration in the state had done its best but there was more to be done concerning girl-child education in the state.
“As a coalition, we remain catalytic in our approach to the campaigns for better education in Nigeria.
“We must work together with all relevant stakeholders in education to advocate the leadership at all levels to prioritise education at the basic level and beyond particularly for girls,” she said.
The reports gathered that the organisations include ACE Charity, African Centre for Leadership, Strategy and Development (Center LSD), Legal Defense for Assistant Project (LEDAP),
Others were the Inclusion Project (TIP) and Sustainable Collective Advocacy for Africa Development Initiative (SCAAD Initiative) which were supported by Malala Fund.