The Foundation puts the number of out-of-school children in Nigeria at 18 million, despite a budget of TN100 since 1999

The John MacArthur Foundation, a private foundation that provides grants and investments to support non-profit organizations in more than 50 countries around the world, including Nigeria, has estimated the number of out-of-school children in the country to 18 million, jumping from 10.5 million in 2021.

The foundation, during an interactive session in Abuja on Thursday, said the situation was more worrying despite the federal government’s budget of over 100 trillion naira from 1999 to 2022.

Deputy Director of the MacArthur Foundation’s Nigeria Office, Dayo Olaide, speaking at a policy dialogue on “Constituency Projects in the 2023 Election Campaigns”, questioned the huge amount the country had budgeted over the years and why there has been no significant improvement in the education sector in the country.

“Where did this over 100 trillion naira go?” asked Olaide?

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“Nigerians when they wake up every morning they wonder, what does this budget mean to me as a person?” He added.

Also speaking at the session, Budgit National Director Gabriel Okiewu said that although Nigeria has 469 federal legislators, 36 governors, members of the House of Assembly and local government presidents and councillors, it was so discouraging that people’s needs were not taken into account.

“We see empowerment projects taking over 60% of the N100 billion allocation for constituency projects every year,” he said.

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