The Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), has come out to speak against the allocation of N493 billion to the education sector in the 2016 budget.
A communique, which was issue by the Association at the end of its four day workshop, and National Executive Council Meeting held in Ilorin, Kwara State, lamented over the insignificant amount of money, saying it falls short of the 26 per cent minimum standards prescribed by the UNESCO.
The communique was signed by the National President of the Association, Samson Ugwoke, saying the budgetary allocations is extremely poor and would not impact the education sector.
It read, “NEC in session noted with disappointment that the educational sector still remains highly underfunded, as the 2016 budgetary allocation to the educational sector is still extremely low. NEC noted that the to the education sector is grossly disproportionate to the needs of the sector and N403.16 Billion allocation is a far cry from the 26 percent UNESCO standard. NEC in session, noted that many countries with less incomes and population on education and finds it ironic that a government that promised to employ 500,000 teachers can devote so grossly eager sums to the educational sector.”