The Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning has committed to creating an adequate budget allocation for the funding of the safe schools program initiated by the federal government.
The Permanent Secretary, Finance (Special Duties), Shehu Aliyu Sinkafi, made the promise at the Safe Schools Funding Stakeholder Engagement Forum held at the NAF Conference Center in Abuja yesterday. He said the federal government is committed to ensuring a safer teaching and learning environment. In the same line, the ministry.
This newspaper reported on the failure of the federal to implement the provisions of the ratification documents of the Safe Schools Declaration three years after Nigeria signed it. The aim is to ensure the security of Nigerian schools for safe teaching and learning.
President Muhammadu Buhari signed the program on December 31, 2019, pledging to implement the intergovernmental commitment in Nigeria. Three years later, the government has still not implemented an emergency program intended to increase access and quality of education for more than 40 million schoolchildren.
Nigeria’s current insecurity has severely affected the nation’s education sector, with the country having the highest number of out-of-school children, following a series of terrorist attacks on schools, particularly in the north.
Hajia Halima Iliya, who heads the Safe Schools Funding Secretariat and Steering Committee that was created to engage critical stakeholders in the quest to develop and launch a national Safe Schools Funding Plan, encourage participants to come up with ideas on how to improve. secure Nigerian schools.
His committee is expected to produce a document outlining how the Nigerian government can address the challenges of insecurity in the education sector and ensure a safer and more secure teaching, learning and living environment in all its schools and centers. learning
The roles expected of various stakeholders, including national and subnational governments, school communities, host communities, local and international non-governmental organizations, international agencies and donor partners.