2019 Budget: Amosun allocates N88.579bn to education - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE



Wednesday, November 21, 2018

2019 Budget: Amosun allocates N88.579bn to education

Ayobami Ife

Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State has presented N402.63bn Appropriation Bill to the State House of Assembly with education taking the lion share of the budget sum.

Amosun puts the budget estimate for education at N88.579bn representing 22% as his administration strives towards the 26% recommended by  United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO).
The Governor who made this known at the floor of Ogun Assembly chamber while reading his budget speech, added that his administration would invest heavily in school infrastructure, upgrading primary and secondary schools across the State in 2019.

"Once again, Education will take the lion‟s share of our budget with N88.579bn or 22% allocated as we continue to strive towards the 26% recommended by UNESCO. 

" In 2019, we will invest heavily in school infrastructure, upgrading primary and secondary schools across the State with the support of SUBEB.

" We will continue to invest in our model secondary schools and we expect to open additional locations during the year in response to growing demand.

" As guided by the 2018 Education Summit, these schools will continue to chart a course for the future of secondary school education in Ogun State. The introduction of modern teaching methods and technological innovations in respect of delivery, will enable us to reach a larger number of students, at a subsidized cost.

" As we upgrade the physical infrastructure, we will continue to invest in our teacher population through training and career planning. 

"Our partnership with „Teach for Nigeria‟ a non-governmental organization, to transform teaching methodologies in primary schools started in 2018 with a pilot of 20 schools and has been expanded to 89 schools at present. We will look to expand this further in 2019. 

"In tertiary education, we will complete the first phase of Ogun Poly in Ipokia and expect to commence classes soon as admissions are currently in progress. 

"We will also continue the execution of the Senate building at Olabisi Onabanjo University and we expect to complete it in the coming year. 

"We will also commence work on landmark, transformational buildings at MAUSTECH and TASUED during 2019," he said.

According to the Governor, there would be industry-driven vocational training in properly equipped technical colleges as part of government's intervention on skills development. 

He said this informed the state's intervention at Idi-Aba technical institute in partnership with the World Bank, planned  detailed assessment of the existing Technical Colleges in 2019 as well as a thorough demand survey of skills requirements from surrounding industries.

"This will inform a detailed and specific plan for each of the colleges and an appropriate workplan deliver Technical Colleges that meet global standards as well as train the teachers that will help to develop our students," the Governor concluded.  

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