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Target up to 10% of our annual budget on education


  • When made: 2014

  • Where made: Party manifesto

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After overseeing five national budgets, Buhari’s administration has yet to allocate up to 10% to education, which was his promise. (Note: The 2015 budget was passed into law by former President Goodluck Jonathan). 

In 2016, the government spent approximately 8% of the budget on education. In 2017 this fell to 7.4% of the N7.4 trillion budget while in the budget for the subsequent year, N541 billion was allocated to education out of a total sum of N9.12 trillion. This is approximately 6% of the national spend in 2018.

In 2019 the government N462 billion was billed for the education sector, approximately 5.2% of the N8.83 trillion budget.

For 2020, President Buhari’s government budgeted N686.82 billion for education out of a total budget of N10.33 trillion. This means that 6.65% of the budget went to education.

However, it is important to note that following the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on oil prices, the Nigerian government has announced it would be making changes to its 2020 budget, including paring it back by N1.5 trillion.

 - Africa Check, Last updated May 2020