Nigerian Lawmaker Admonishes Government to Declare State of Emergency in Education

Nigerian Lawmaker Admonishes Government to Declare State of Emergency in Education

A Nigerian lawmaker, Abubakar Fulata, has called for the minimum salary of primary school teachers to be increased to N250,000 per month.

He also suggested that secondary teachers and lecturers should earn at least N500,000 and one million nairas, respectively.

Fulata made these suggestions while speaking at a one-day National Stakeholders Workshop on the Development of a Roadmap for the Nigerian Education Sector (2023-2027) organized by the Federal Ministry of Education in Abuja on Thursday.

He admonished the Nigerian government to commit at least 25 per cent or 30 of its national budget to education, and to declare a state of emergency in the sector.

The Minister of Education, Prof Tahir Mamman, also spoke at the workshop. He lamented the disconnect between the Nigerian education system and society or economy, stating that the country cannot say for certain that it is a key contributor either locally or globally to the ideas which push societies forward.

Mamman stressed that the educational system cannot go on like this and that something must be done in line with the aspiration of the president.

He noted that the vision is there and the problem always has been meeting the gap between the vision and mission and the actual happening on the ground.

The Minister emphasized that the purpose of the workshop was to create a roadmap that would serve as a solution to the existing problems.

He urged the participants to work together to devise a plan that will effectively revamp the education sector, starting from the primary level up to tertiary education.

However, the minister urged the state governments to fulfil their responsibilities in order to address the challenges faced in basic education. He highlighted that while the federal government is responsible for approximately 120 unity colleges, the majority of educational institutions fall under the jurisdiction of the state governments.

Also speaking at the event, the Minister of State for Education, Dr Yusuf Tanko, said the contribution of Stakeholders at the workshop would help in preparing their children for the future and the development of the nation.

He said the recognition of the importance of education is yet to translate to tangible results that show that an educated person stands a better chance of living a fulfilled life.

“This disconnection between purpose and reality could be said to be responsible for inadequate attention to the sector, wrong perceptions of the relative importance of the different forms and types of education,” he said.

“I must also say that the inability of our youths to gain employment after going through the rigours of academia may be responsible for gradually building disinterest in the pursuit of education,” he said.

Nigerian Lawmaker Calls for N250,000 Minimum Salary for Primary School Teachers

A Nigerian lawmaker, Abubakar Fulata, has called for the minimum salary of primary school teachers to be increased to N250,000 per month.

He also suggested that secondary teachers and lecturers should earn at least N500,000 and one million nairas, respectively.

Nigerian Lawmaker Wants 25-30% of National Budget Allocated to Education

Fulata also called for the Nigerian government to commit at least 25 per cent or 30 of its national budget to education.

Nigerian Lawmaker Admonishes Government to Declare State of Emergency in Education

Fulata admonished the Nigerian government to declare a state of emergency in the education sector.

Nigerian Minister of Education Laments Disconnect Between Education System and Society

The Minister of Education, Prof Tahir Mamman, lamented the disconnect between the Nigerian education system and society or economy, stating that the country cannot say for certain that it is a key contributor either locally or globally to the ideas which push societies forward.

Nigerian Minister of Education Emphasizes Urgency of Revamping Education Sector

Mamman stressed that the educational system cannot go on like this and that something must be done in line with the aspiration of the president.

He urged the participants to work together to devise a plan that will effectively revamp the education sector, starting from the primary level up to tertiary education.