FG Allocates ₦15billion To Fund Safe Schools Initiative

The Federal Government has announced that it will contribute a total of 15 billion toward the financing of the implementation of the Safe Schools Initiative for the year 2023.

During a press event that was held in Abuja, Halima Iliya Ibrahim, who is the National Coordinator of the Safe Schools Initiative, stated this information.

Ibrahim explained that the purpose of the effort was to provide a method for children whose lives have been disrupted as a result of war and other forms of violence to continue receiving an education without interruption and to work toward finding a solution to the problem of attacks on educational institutions.

She stated that the immediate past Minister of Finance, Budget, and National Planning, Zainab Shamsuna Ahmed, had approved the setting up of the Financing Safe Schools Secretariat/Unit for planning and coordinating Safe Schools activities within the Ministry in order to make progress in achieving the various commitments to protect Schools and Children from further attacks. This was done in order to achieve progress in achieving the various commitments to protect Schools and Children.

According to her, the responsibility of developing a National Plan on Financing Safe Schools has been given to a technical committee or technical working group that is comprised of critical agencies, including the Ministry of Education, the Nigerian Governor's Forum (NGF), the Nigeria Police Force (NPF), the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), the Department of State Security Service (DSS), and Defence Headquarters.

In addition, Ibrahim stated that the committees worked together to establish a plan that will be put into action between the years 2023 and 2026 and will require a total expenditure of 144.86 billion in December 2022.

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According to her, the plan proposes to allocate a total of 32.58 billion in 2023, 36.98 billion in 2024, 37.15 billion in 2025, and 38.03 billion in 2026.

She went on to say that the money comes from the Annual Budgetary provisions of the federal, state, and local governments, as well as government interventionists, agencies, international and multilateral institutions, corporations and philanthropists, contributors, partners, and other individuals and organizations.

Ibrahim reaffirmed that the medium-term goal of the implementation strategy is to cover fifty percent of the public schools that are considered to be most at risk between the years 2023 and 2026.

She also divulged that the execution of the national plan has begun in 18 high-risk states and 48 schools, with the expectation that it will expand throughout the states by the year 2024.

Ibrahim claimed that the plan's primary objective is to achieve the following, among other things: the formation and incorporation of security-resilient host communities in the safeguarding of educational institutions.

Ebenezer Leo, who is both the Head of Education in Nigeria and the representative of the Nigeria Governor's Forum, stated that the protection of educational institutions is a shared obligation that falls on all parties and that the Governor's Forum is very interested in this topic.

Leo also mentioned that all of the parties involved, including states, local governments, and other sub-national governments, are very committed to and completely in agreement about the issue of protecting children and schools.

In addition to this, he pledged that the committee will accomplish a large amount of work by the end of the year and guaranteed that the monies that were just released would be used appropriately.

Jenny Young

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