Justifying the 2020 Education Budget in Akwa Ibom

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Akwa Ibom, Udom Emmanuel
Governor Emmanuel Udom, of Akwa Ibom state

The N4.98 billion proposed as the capital budget for the education sector in Akwa Ibom State has drawn criticisms from individuals, civil society organisations and the organised labour. The allocation which represents 0.83 per cent of the total budget for 2020 is said to be too small for a sector as critical as education. Some commentators have gone further to say, though erroneously, that the allocation shows that the Udom Emmanuel administration does not place a premium on education.

A civil society organisation working on a budget and open governance in the Niger Delta, Policy Alert says the government has not shown a strong commitment to education with such allocation. Executive Director of the organisation, Mr Tijah Bolton- Akpan said: “one would expect a visionary government to give precedence to expenditure on qualitative, affordable, accessible and functional education.” At the same time, Bolton-Akpan and others have also…



Source: Vanguard Newspaper