The Kaduna State government has allocated 25.07% of the 2020 budget to the education ministry.
With a sum of N257.9bn for the fiscal year, N64.64bn would go into the education sector based on the budget proposal.
Acting Governor Hadiza Balarabe, on Tuesday, 15th October, presented the proposed 2020 budget before the State House of Assembly in Kaduna.
According to her, the government was pegging capital expenditure at N190.03bn and recurrent expenditure at N67.87bn.
The capital to recurrent ratio is 73.7% to 26.3%.
She disclosed that most of the capital spending will be in the Economic and Social Sectors, “in keeping faith with our stated governance agenda.”
Education, Health and Infrastructure have capital allocations amounting to about N140bn, more than 73% of the proposed capital budget.
Capital spending on Education is N44.9bn, for Health N30.29bn and for Public Works and Infrastructure, N64.9bn.
The total budgetary allocations for Health is N39.61bn (15.36%) and Infrastructure, N66.34bn (25.72%).
“Explaining further on the rationale behind the budget, Dr Balarabe said the budget showed the Kaduna government’s in human capital development and physical infrastructure.
Free secondary school education
The Acting governor used the medium to declare free education at the Senior Secondary School level across the state.
“We have announced a commitment to expand access to education. That is why from 2020 education becomes free till the completion of secondary education.”
Earlier, Balarabe listed some of the achievements of the Nasir El-Rufai led administration in its first term in office.
EduCeleb.com had previously reported how efforts by the government paid off and primary school enrolment nearly doubled in two years.
Among other education related achievements were the recruitment of 25,000 new teachers, implementation of free basic education, distribution of 15,000 computer tablets in girls’ secondary schools, school renovation, the revamped scholarship system.
The acting governor mentioned the implementation of the Treasury Single Account (TSA) and the ranking of the state as first nationwide in Ease of Doing Business.
The state also improved on its record in capital spending, doubled its internally generated revenue, and aligned its fiscal and calendar years.
Also, she said that the government revamped 255 primary health centres, and engaged in various public service reforms among other things.