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FG alone can’t fund education, says Minister

The Minister of State for Education, Goodluck Nanah Opiah on Friday said that the FG alone can’t fund education, urging that stakeholders should corroborate the effort of government.

Opiah, while advocating for a dialogue on how to fund education for the overall interest of all, said there must be alternatives for funding.

The minister stated this during the commissioning of the new college administrative building of the Federal Government Girls College, Owerri, Imo State.

He said the current administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, has consistently demonstrated a commitment to the welfare of teachers across the nation as shown by increment of salary and retirement age of those in the teaching profession.

Opiah added that the federal government is doing all it can to enhance the status of the teaching profession and make it attractive to the best brains in Nigeria.

He said, ” I am advocating that other stakeholders should participate in funding education. Stakeholders like businessmen and the civil society among others should see it as a contributory effort. If government decides to embark on attending to all the problems of education, there will be little or nothing left for government to attend to other sectors like security, health.

“I’m not saying that government is about to abandon its responsibility but I’m advocating that there should be a dialogue on how to fund education for the overall interest of all. So that the burden would be reduced for the Federal Government and the education standard improved too.”

He charged the students to shun cultism and work very hard to be good ambassadors of the school.

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