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Education In Nigeria Failed Because Governments At All Levels Paid Lip Service To It – Ex-Gov., Babangida Aliyu


The former Governor of Niger State, Dr. Babangida Aliyu, has blasted successive governments in Nigeria for not paying adequate attention to the  education sector of the economy, which has led to the failures we have today because we only pay attention on “on paper” but lacked the political will to “work the talk”.

He spoke while delivering a paper on “The Place of Colleges of Education in the Development of Nigeria” at the 50th anniversary of the Shehu Shagari College of Education, Sokoto and noted that no government was allocating beyond 10% of its annual budget to education in the country.

According to him, the total budget in Nigeria is N13.5 trillion and the deficit is N5.196 trillion while the debt servicing in the budget is N3.32 trillion. If you deduct N8.516 trillion from N13.5 trillion, you are left with only N4.983 trillion to service all the federal government’s commitments including recurrent and capital services.

“It is therefore very easy to appreciate why the successive governments in Nigeria failed to reposition the education sector in general and it also appeared that there was deliberate de-marketing of Colleges of Education by making them seem to be the last resort for those who failed in their areas of choice”.

Aliyu said now is the time for governments at all levels to pay attention to education and teachers in Nigeria and therefore called for state of emergency on education for a specified period of time to ensure no child was left out of the classroom. 

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