Nigeria’s Budget Allocation to Education From 1999-2020: The Perception of Sokoto State Education Stakeholders


    The ability of nations to develop depends on the education of the citizens. This also, depends on the amount of funds allocated to education sector. In view of this, UNESCO recommends allocating 26% of a country’s total annual budget to education in order to achieve quality output. In Nigeria for the past two decades, the funds allocated to education is inadequate. This resulted to unproductive nature of the education system. This study therefore, investigates the perceptions of Sokoto state education stakeholders on Nigeria’s budget allocation to education from 1999 to 2020. The stakeholders are ministry level stakeholders including policy formulators and policy implementers, legislative stakeholders i.e. the law-makers, school-based stakeholders including principals and teachers, and lastly, the societal stakeholders including parents. Qualitative method was used in analyzing the responses of the research participants. The findings revealed inadequate budget allocation to education in Nigeria and therefore, recommends more funding by the government. The government should in addition to this, ensure that education budgets are fully implemented. Government should also partner with private individuals to collaboratively and adequately fund education. Again, the personnel responsible for managing the funds should be train to have fiscal discipline in order to judiciously utilize the funds.

    Keywords: Education funding, Budget allocation, Education Stakeholders, Nigeria  

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    author/Dr. Ibrahim Yaro & Bello Abubakar 

    journal/FUJPAM Vol. 2, No. 1