The Federal Government has appropriated a sum of N144 billion in the 2023 budget to protect schools from vandals and terrorism, this was disclosed by the Minister of finance, budget and National Planning Zainab Ahmed.
According to the Minister who spoke in Abuja at the launch of the National Plan on Financing Safe Schools-2023-2026, a total sum of N144.8 billion will be invested to protect schools across the country between 2023-2026.
Investors King understands that a number of schools have been targeted by terrorists in the Northeast and Northwest parts of Nigeria, leading to the adoption of hundreds of school children, especially girls.
In most cases, the kidnapped students spent months or years as was the case with the Chibok girls.
Similarly, in July 2022, several schools in Abuja and Nasarawa states shut down and sent students home due to the fear of terrorist attacks on the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
The Federal Capital Territory Authority (FCTA) also directed the closure of all private schools in Abuja Thereby, leading to the disruption of their academic calendar.
Furthermore, the Federal Ministry of Education also ordered the immediate closure of one of its Unity Colleges, the Federal Government College Kwali, located in Kwali Area Council of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
Meanwhile, Zainab noted that out of the total funds required for the project, the FG has made a provision of N15 billion in the 2023 budget, leaving a funding gap of N13.6 billion in 2023, expected to be filled by state governments, agencies, the private sector, and development partners interested in supporting Nigeria.
Speaking at the event, the Director-general of the Department of State Service Yusuf Magaji Bichi said, in collaboration with sister agencies, the service will use all tactical and human assets to protect the schools from vandals and terrorists.
The DG of DSS further pledged that the service will ensure that all schools are safe for teaching and learning.
WAEC: Over 8,000 Candidates Register for First Series of Computer Based-WASSCE in Nigeria
Over 8,000 candidates have registered for the inaugural Computer Based-West Africa Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) in Nigeria.
Dr. Amos Dangut, the Head of National Office for the West African Examinations Council (WAEC), made this announcement during a press conference held in Lagos.
Scheduled to commence from January 31 to February 17, 2024, the Computer Based-WASSCE for private candidates represents a significant shift in examination methodology.
WAEC, in November 2023, had revealed its plans to conduct the WASSCE for private candidates using a computer-based model.
Dr. Dangut, while addressing the media, expressed WAEC’s commitment to implementing this innovative approach despite initial resistance.
He noted that the acceptance of the innovation, as evidenced by the substantial number of entries received, bolstered the council’s resolve to move forward with the computer-based examination.
Out of the 8,285 candidates registered, 47.66% are male, while 52.3% are female, indicating a relatively balanced representation across genders.
The examination will cover 19 subjects comprising 26 papers in a hybrid mode, blending objective and multiple-choice questions with essay and practical components.
Dr. Dangut urged candidates to familiarize themselves with the requirements for the CB-WASSCE by accessing WAEC’s e-learning portal.
He underscored WAEC’s collaboration with educational authorities, security agencies, and stakeholders to ensure the seamless conduct of the examination and maintain its credibility.
The advent of the Computer Based-WASSCE heralds a new era in standardized testing in Nigeria, marking a significant stride towards modernization and adaptability in the education sector.
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Nigerian Federal Government Initiates 40% Deduction From Universities’ Internally Generated Revenues, Prompting Concerns
The Nigerian federal government has embarked on the implementation of a controversial policy that imposes a 40 percent automatic deduction from the internally generated revenues (IGR) of federal universities and partially-funded institutions.
This decision, aligned with the Finance Circular dated December 20, 2021, aims to limit the annual budgetary expenditure derived from IGR.
In a letter issued by the Accountant-General of the Federation, Mrs. Oluwatoyin Madein, the policy of a 40 percent auto-deduction was communicated to universities and institutions.
The letter, approved by the Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister of the Economy, Wale Edun, was signed by the Director of Revenue & Investment in the office of the Accountant-General of the Federation, Felix Ore-ofe Ogundairo.
The new directive enforces that agencies and parastatals must remit up to 50 percent of their gross IGR, channeling the remaining 50 percent to the Sub-recurrent Account.
All statutory revenue lines, such as Tender Fees, Contractor’s Registration Fees, and Rent on Quarters, are to be remitted entirely to the Sub-recurrent Account.
While the federal government hinted at granting universities more autonomy to explore financing sources, this move has sparked controversy within the education sector.
Critics argue that the policy will stifle institutional activities, hinder critical projects, and potentially force institutions to increase fees, thereby impacting students and their families.
The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has also voiced concerns, highlighting the potential repercussions for universities.
University authorities, meanwhile, argue that the policy contradicts the government’s perception of universities as revenue-generating entities while providing inadequate funding and inhibiting their development.
The policy raises questions about the government’s approach to education financing and may lead to increased financial strain on students.
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