MURIC commends Amosun for allocating 23% to education
The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has commended the Governor of Ogun State, Ibikunle Amosun for allocating a resonable percentage of the state budget to the education sector.
Amosun, presented a N345.42 billion Appropriation Bill to the state’s House of Assembly. The education sector took the lion share of the budget with N79.246 billion, representing 22.9 percent of the total budget.
Director, Muric, Dr. Ishaq Akintola, said Amosun’s budget has taken cognizance of the reality facing the education sector.
“He has realized that education is taking a nose dive and he is taking steps to bring the sector back soaring in the sky once again. The mass failure of candidates who sat for the May/June 2017 WAEC/GCE examination whose result was released recently speaks volumes,” he said.
Compared to the Federal Government’s paltry seven per cent which was allocated to education in its 2018 budget, Akintola said Amosun’s 22.9 per cent is a saving grace. Its closeness to the 26 per cent recommended by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) gives every citizen of Ogun State a good reason to stand tall.
According to him: “Amosun is immortalizing the legacy of the great sage, Chief Obafemi Awolowo.”
Akintola added that, Ogun State’s 2018 education budget is an eye opener for Federal Goverment.
“It shows that it is possible to give education its prime of place if a government is determined to lift the sector to its appropriate pedestal. Federal government must therefore develop the political will to rescue the education sector from the doldrums”.
He charges other states to lift the fate of education in their domains by increasing government spending on the sector.
Education is like a computer machine. What you put in is what you retrieve. It is garbage in, garbage out. There is no abracadabra in it. What you sow is what you reap, he said.
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