We alone can’t fund education in Nigeria – FG

We alone can’t fund education in Nigeria – FG
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As ASUU strike continues, FG calls on stakeholders to contribute their quota.

As the indefinite strike action by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) continues, the Federal Government of Nigeria has insisted that only it cannot be the only one funding the country’s education sector. The FG called on stakeholders to contribute their quota to achieve proper funding for education. Minister of State for Education, Goodluck Opiah, made the statement on September 8, 2022, in Abuja. He said that there is nowhere in the world that education is free because of the cost implication of providing education to the citizenry.

The minister spoke at the commemoration of International Literacy Day 2022, which was celebrated with students of Knosk-N100-A-Day secondary school in the Kuje Area Council of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). Opiah thanked the National Library of Nigeria for hosting the celebration in the school and he appreciated the proprietor of Knosk-N100-A-Day for the school initiative. At the same time, he called on people and entrepreneurs to partner with the government on funding education. He said, “Stakeholders must contribute to funding education: our investors, entrepreneurs, parents and the government; nowhere in the world is education free. Government is providing infrastructure, training and retraining teachers, taking a lot of innovative steps to improve the quality of learning in schools and also ensuring the safety of children in schools.”

International Literacy Day was founded by UNESCO.

International Literacy Day was founded by the proclamation of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) via the World Conference of Education Ministers, which was held in Tehran on October 26, 1966. During the event, Professor Chinwe Veronica Anunobi, the National Librarian and Chief Executive Officer of the National Library of Nigeria, emphasized the importance of promoting literacy and improving the reading culture in the country. She also spoke about the choice of Knosk-N100-A-Day School to celebrate International Literacy Day.

She said, “At the National Library of Nigeria whose mandate includes promoting reading culture amongst Nigerians, we are doing our modest best promoting activities that excite and attract the non-literate population towards developing reading and writing skills. Our activities are not only targeted at young people of school age but also adults or those who think they are beyond the age of formal school education. To ensure inclusion, we promote reading and writing, not only in Western languages but also in our indigenous languages.”

Prof. Anunobi lauds the activities of the National Library of Nigeria.

She continues, “In some of our branches across the country, we have been holding literary activities targeted at traders, masons, artisans and such other vulnerable groups, who we believe will do better if they acquire literacy skills. We are open to collaboration with interested parties that are concerned about literacy in our society. I must single out the proprietors of Knosk-N100-A-Day School, Mr. Kingsley and Irene Bangwell, who did not only see the need but went ahead to set up this school, which has to prevent one or two children from growing up into adulthood without basic literacy skills and probably pass it to their offspring.

“This year’s International Literacy Day is celebrated with the theme, “Transforming Literacy Learning Spaces.” It is aimed at stimulating a rethink about the fundamental importance of literacy learning spaces to build resilience and ensure quality, equitable and inclusive education for all. It is a call for concerned individuals and organizations to fold their sleeves and contribute their quota in reducing the high rate of non-literate persons in our society as we accommodate every stratum and native of the Nigerian population.”

Other dignitaries at the event also offer their comments.

Prof. Obiajulu Emejulu, the Executive Director of the National Institute for Nigerian Languages, said, “We at the institute, have chosen to focus our attention on a critical aspect of the theme, which is linguistic diversity in the learning spaces of children. This is because linguistic diversity in a literacy learning space is a powerful tool for national development and achieving the Sustainable Development Goal Number 4.” The President of Reading Association of Nigeria, Prof. Grateful Ofodu, also said, “A literacy learning space is anywhere and everywhere learning is fostered. Therefore, the following are literacy learning spaces: classrooms, homes, workplaces, churches, mosques, streets, etc. We should provide something for learners to read, write, speak about, view, and harness all our digital learning facilities like WhatsApp, Facebook, and Instagram for the advancement of literacy.”


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Ask Nigeria
14 days ago

We alone can’t fund education in Nigeria – FG – As ASUU strike continues, FG calls on stakeholders to contribute their quota. – Express your point of view.

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Nwachukwu Kingsley
Member
13 days ago

Does this imply that every single school has to be privatised right now, as doing so would prevent the government from having to funnel any further funds into the educational system, which would be a highly undesirable outcome?

Godsewill Ifeanyi
Member
13 days ago

The events shouldn’t be geared solely toward children and teenagers of school age; they should also be open to adults and others who believe they are past the point of benefiting from a conventional education.

Hassan Isa
Member
13 days ago

Reading and writing are activities that are encouraged not only in European languages but also in our own tongue, which would be more beneficial in terms of ensuring inclusion.

Taiwoo
Member
13 days ago

Promoting activities that interest and attract the population that is not literate towards increasing reading and writing abilities should be a priority for us. We should do what we can to make this happen.

Remi1
Member
13 days ago

You don’t understand why you should rein in your spending indulgences. However, you dared assert that the FG couldn’t be the only source of money for education. But you guys keep stealing money from the government. How despicable that sounds

Adeolastan
Member
13 days ago

There is no how the government will say there is no money to fund education and there is money for the people in government for frivolous things for their selfish interest.

Ultra0711
Member
13 days ago

Education is the base of every country. It should be held with with high regard by the Federal government majorly.

Adesanyaj72
Member
13 days ago

Due to the financial burden that is associated with delivering education to the populace, there is no place on earth where education is provided free of charge.

Chibuzor
Member
13 days ago

We ought to make an appeal to private business owners and individuals to collaborate with the government in the support of educational institutions.

Kazeem1
Member
13 days ago

It has been stated by the Federal Government of Nigeria that them is not possible for it to be the only one paying the educational system in the country.

Bola12
Member
13 days ago

How can a responsible government be saying something like this, if they can’t finance education then why are they occupying that position.

SarahDiv
Member
13 days ago

Federal Government are now voicing out their mind. During their days they enjoy free education but now they are calling on stakeholders to assist with the school fees. What a nation.

Iyanu12345ogg
Member
13 days ago

Education is key and should be(if not the first),one of the main priorities ..a good govt work towards… The next govt should try and fix things! The present govt has failed already.

Tonerol10
Member
13 days ago

This is very annoying. How can this present government say such!
Imagine nonsense, but if it is to borrow me money to do irrelevant things, you see them. this present government has done absolutely nothing. They should reduce their salaries and nonsense allowance they are receiving.
Is this not a Failed government?

Christiana
Member
13 days ago

As expected the government ought to run a free education system, if they are saying they can’t fund it alone ,are they expecting the parents of kids attending the public school to start paying school fees?

Tolaniiii
Member
13 days ago

Financing education should be one of the priorities of the federal government, saying that can’t find it alone is just absurd.

Haykaylyon26
Member
13 days ago

The government is responsible for education they have to find way so they can only be funding education if not them then who should be funding the education this is not an excuse

theApr
Member
13 days ago

This is just the height of misplaced priority. You don’t see the need to cut down your financial excesses. But you dare say the FG can’t be the only one funding its education. Yet y’all never stop stealing public funds. How shameful that sound. “there is nowhere in the world that education is free…” Clearly the clown who said this hasn’t been to Germany.

jdpumping
Member
13 days ago

Just imagine this government it is now they can’t fund education alone but it can borrow and spend money for irrelevant things but rather spend it on unimportant things.Education is key survival of any sane society,we need more serious people to come on board.

Abusi
Member
13 days ago

So if the government alone can’t fund education. Then the parents will now have to take the government responsibility?
Does this mean every school now should be privatized because with that, the government won’t have to jettison any fund into the educational system.