By Ahmed Jada
Bauchi State Government has pledged to increase Education budget allocation to 26% United Nations Education Cultural Organizations UNESCO recommendation to boost the sector next fiscal year.
The Special Adviser to Governor Mohammed Abubakar on Education , Comrade Sabo Mohammed made the pledged when members of the Bauchi State Coalition for the Improvement of Public Expenditure Management paid him a advocacy visit in his office yesterday in Bauchi, which was supported by Center for Information Technology and Development (CITAD).
Sabo said Governor Abubakar is passionate about education sector. “If you will recalled our last year 2016 budget was around or 13% this year 2017 is 18% and next year will be increase to 26%, to meet up the UNESCO standard. H.E is working assiduously on implementation of the recommendation of report submitted by the tasks force committee on Education ” he said
S. A to the Governor pointing out that the present administration does not compromise the issue of transparency, accountability, quality of teachers, toward improving the education sector in the state.
Mohammed Sabo pledged his readiness and the ministry of education partnering with Civil Society Organizations to improve education challenges in the state.
Earlier speaking the leader of the delegation who is also the Acting Chairperson of BACIPEM Mrs Mary Ann Emmanuel stressed the need for Governor Mohammed Abubakar to implement the recommendation which would address the challenges facing the education sector in the state.
“Implementation of the recommendation made the by task force committee on total overhauled of education sector would make a lot of impact on education” she said
“The term of reference of the committee included monitoring and evaluating the implementation of the policies as well as giving appropriate recommendation on how to improve access to and quality of education in the state.” she said
According to her, one year after the submission of the report which has innovative and interesting recommendations not much have been heard on the implementation of the recommendation which will make education sector vibrant in the state.
Mary Ann however called on the Governor to increase the budgetary allocation to the education sector from 18% to 26,% and strengthen the relationship with CSOs and government to allow free flow of information that will support monitoring and tracking of education projects.
It could be recalled that in 2016 the Governor declared state of emergency on education by setting up a 26 man task force committee on education under the chairmanship of deputy Governor Engineer Nuhu Gidado and was given 8 weeks to submit it’s report, which had since July 2016 submitted it’s report to Governor Mohammed Abubakar.