Government allocates N43.9b to education for capital projects in 2017

The Kaduna state government has budgeted N215.9 billion for the 2017 fiscal year

Kaduna Governor Nasir El-Rufai

The government has budgeted N215.9 billion for the 2017 fiscal year out of which N130.3 billion was earmarked for capital spending and N85.5 billion for recurrent.

Figures obtained by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) from the Minstry for Budget and Planning indicated that the allocation to education represented 20 per cent of the total budget size for the year.

It was also higher that the 2016 capital allocation, which was just N27.9 billion.

According to the document, N14.7 billion was for school feeding programme to improve nutrition for pupils in public primary schools, Tsangaya Quranic Education boarding schools and 31 boarding secondary schools in the state.

The government has allocated N20 billion, about half of the total budget, for the rebuilding and equipping of primary and secondary schools.

The administration, in partnership with Islamic Development Bank (IDB), plans to spend N761.7 million on the construction of six science secondary schools

It the document, N510 million would be spent on supply of 30,000 units of furniture for students and teachers in secondary schools, and N150 million on the provision of uniforms to JSS1 students across the state.

“N50 million was earmarked as research grants, N377 million for teacher development programme, a joint project with United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID).

“N2 billion for Global Partnership for Education (GPE) and N881 for quarterly supervision of projects.

“Vodacom School Management Solution Services would gulp N120.8 million, while N130 million would be spent on supply and installation of water tanks, turners, refill and industrial boiling pans in 29 boarding secondary schools.

“N12.9 million would also be expended on the development of Computer Based Test (CBT) Centres, one in each Senatorial Districts, and N14.7 million on renewal of internet bandwidth for six ministries, department and agencies,” it stated.

The document also showed that N24.5 million was earmarked to develop a web portal for ICT services providers and transportation Software System.

NAN reports that the budget also captured provisions for capital expenditure in tertiary institutions under the education sector.

In the budget, N2.4 billion was allocated to the State University (KASU), N548 million to College of Education, Gidan Waya, N251million to Nuhu Bamalli Polytechnic, Zaria, and N284 million to the state Library Board .

Kaduna State Scholarship Board and Quality Assurance Board got N1.4 million each and State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) had N1.5 billion.

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