In a press release signed by its Media/Publicity Secretary, Kunle Famoriyo, Afenifere urged the federal government to overhaul its educational policies and allow due priority and effectiveness guide its decisions.
Afenifere noted that, “even though education sector got the highest percentage budgetary allocation in 2013 Appropriation Act, we are yet to see this allocation translate into tangible results in our federal tertiary institutions. Rather, the strike embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union of Universities has entered the second month, with no end in sight.”
The statement also read: “The sector got N367.375bn for recurrent expenditure, N60.207bn for capital expenditure. This translates to a total of N427.582bn representing 7.9% of total budget. In 2012, the sector got a total of N397.378bn representing 8.5% of total budget.
“Despite these high allocations, the sector has seen no improvement, an evidence of government’s insensitivity to the plight of the people and its ineptitude in managing the nation’s resources for the greater good.
“We are also witnessing misplaced priority in this sector. Between 2010 and now, FG has spent about N32.8bn on printing primary school textbooks and procuring library resources, a project that has borne no commensurate impact.”