By Timothy Agbor, Osogbo
President Muhammadu Buhari has been lauded for allotting the bulk of the proposed 2016 budget to education sector.
A non-governmental organisation, Osun Positive Force (OPF), gave the commendation in a statement signed by its media director, Yinka Diamond and made available to newsmen in Osogbo on Wednesday, 23rd December, 2015.
The group also lauded Mr President for his inclusive programs at making sure that the menace of unemployment in the country is brought to a zero level by employing 500,000 teachers across the country.
OPF said President Buhari had demonstrated determination to reverse usual syndrome of budget’s non-implementation by giving significant portion of the recurrent expenditure to education and increasing the capital expenditure from N557 billion in the 2015 budget to N1.8 trillion in the 2016 budget.
The statement read: “It takes a government that understands the dynamics of socio-economic development to appropriately place education on the front burner of financial plans. Education is the most strategic and most potent tool to drive socio-economic growth.
“The proposed plans to have home-grown public primary school feeding and free education for science, technology and education students in tertiary institutions as spelled out in the budget are also commendable strides by the administration. Since education in itself raises competent future professionals to drive the various sectors of economy and ultimately this will translate to overall development for the country.
“It is a known fact that facilities in the public schools are stretched due to the increasing student population. The huge allocation to education in the 2016 budget by the Buhari-led government therefore gives us hope that more old infrastructure will be refurbished and new ones built”
While expressing optimism that the budget would be fully implemented, the group appreciated President Buhari for his genuineness to reviving the country’s economy through delivery of an inclusive growth and prioritizing the welfare of Nigerians.
The group then urged all parents in the country to leverage on the federal government’s education vote by ensuring that all their children of school age are enrolled.