Governor Atiku Abubakar Bagudu of Kebbi State has called on the United Nations to help bridge the gap in the education sector.
He stated that the state has paid its dues and contributed to global peace, therefore, it is imperative that the UN also come to the aid of the state so that government efforts will pay off and not be in vain.
Bagudu made the assertion while speaking at the 10th anniversary of the Mallpai Foundation founded by his wife Aisha Bagudu in Kebbi State.
He stressed that no state government can meet up with the international commitment on budgetary allocation to the education sector annually.
Affirming that the World Bank had recommended that a minimum of $700 should be spent on each primary school pupil annually, amounting to about N100billion annually for 500million pupils, but he asked, where such money would be gotten from
He said, "It would be difficult for even states like Lagos state and others earning higher revenue to meet up with such allocation to the education sector which is why it’s important for the international community to support governments effort in providing quality education to Nigerian children.”
Therefore, he asked the United Nation Education Scientific and Cultural Organizations (UNESCO) to clarify the actual budgetary allocation needed for the education sector.
Meanwhile, he advised that it is important for the federal government to begin to attract members of the international community including the United Nation, World Bank, to the education sector.
He further tasked NGOs such as the Mallpai Foundation to assist the government in mobilizing resources to bridge the current funding gap.
In her remark, the Kebbi State governor's wife, Aisha Bagudu, noted that Mallpai Foundation has been addressing the plight of the Almajiris in the area of providing mass literacy for the less privileged in the communities.
Also in attendance was the wife of the Niger State Governor, Dr Amina Abubakar Bello, who urged the government to improve the quality of the teachers and create a better studying environment for children to go to school.