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2016 budget: Senate uncovers shortfall of N5b in education sector

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Senate uncovered N5 billion shortfalls in the amount provided for meal subsidy for the Unity Schools across the country and Personnel cost of Kings College in the 2016 budget proposal submitted by President Muhammadu Buhari.

This was discovered during collation of the 2016 budget of Senate Committee on Basic and Secondary Education to the Senate Committee on Appropriation.

Presenting the report of Senate, the vice Chairman of the Committee on Education, Senator Rose Oko explained to the lawmakers that only N6.8 billion was proposed for meal subsidy in Unity school instead of N11.2b needed.

According to her, the amount is grossly inadequate for the unity schools meal subsidy, the implication is that the amount provided will only serve for six months, therefore will need to look for N5 billion to meet up with this shortfall.

Also, the vice chairman informed the committee of omission of N338 million from the personnel cost of kings college.

She explained to the Committee that instead of N375 million, due to typographical error the ministry budgeted N37 million which bring about the shortfall of N338 million.

However, the Chairman of Senate Committee on Appropriation, Senator Danjuma Goje assured that the committee would accommodate omission in the final budget.

According to him, we have to find a way of looking for N5 billion in order to cater for subsidy meals in Unity Schools and personnel cost at the kings college.

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