UN urges Nigeria to raise education vote by 13%

The United Nations (UN) yesterday urged Nigeria to raise its education budget from seven per cent to 20.

It believes the country may not achieve the global agenda for universal inclusive and equitable basic education for all school-age children by 2030 if the status quo remains.

UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria, Matthias Schmale, made the call at the launch of the ‘Reports of the Independent Country-Led Evaluation of SDGs-3 and 4 in Nigeria’, by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The reports were supported by the Federal Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning and the ministries of health and education, with the support of the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) in Nigeria.

Schmale noted that in the 2022 budget, there was an increase to seven per cent on education, but the evaluation says it will need to increase to 20 per cent.


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