Saturday, May 28, 2022

Buhari regime failed to meet UNESCO education benchmark: Afe Babalola

“They have consistently failed to meet the UNESCO funding benchmark of 26 per cent of every country’s budget,”

• January 28, 2022
President Muhammadu Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari

Legal luminary Afe Babalola has slammed President Muhammadu Buhari’s regime and his predecessors for failing to meet the UNESCO funding benchmark for education.

On Thursday, Mr Babalola said there had been underfunding of tertiary institutions in Nigeria while speaking during a public presentation of a book at the University of Lagos (UNILAG) Akoka, accusing the governments of perennial failure to prioritise and devote significant resources to education.

“Despite the perennial rhetoric by successive governments on their plans to build world-class universities in Nigeria, they have consistently failed to meet the UNESCO funding benchmark of 26 per cent of every country’s budget,” he explained.

Mr Babalola, represented by Gboyega Oyewole (SAN), lamented the country’s education system was characterised by low budgetary allocations and poor remuneration of workers.

The ex-UNILAG pro-chancellor added that institutions of higher learning, especially the universities, were barely carrying out their core mandates.

He noted that they did not have the financial wherewithal to compete with their peers globally.

The renowned lawyer added that there was an urgent need for governments to inject financial stimulus into all the country’s institutions of higher learning.

“I am therefore using this opportunity to appeal to the federal government to pay all outstanding salaries to university teachers and fund education adequately,” urged Mr Babalola. “It is only when education is adequately funded that universities will be able to perform their statutory functions of quality teaching, up-to-date research, and impact their community.”


We have recently deactivated our website's comment provider in favour of other channels of distribution and commentary. We encourage you to join the conversation on our stories via our Facebook, Twitter and other social media pages.

More from Peoples Gazette

Photo of Nigerian Correctional Service HQ used to illustrate this story


Abubakar Umar appointed Nigerian Correctional Service spokesperson

Mr Umar takes over from Francis Enobore, who served in that capacity for seven years and has retired from service.


LIVE: Delegates begin voting at PDP presidential convention 2022

The open-secret ballot system will be used during the exercise, which is being coordinated by former Senate President David Mark.

Musiliu Obanikoro


Like Babajide, Musiliu Obanikoro loses APC senatorial ticket in Lagos

Mr Obanikoro’s son, Babajide Obanikoro, had on Friday lost the APC ticket for a return to the House of Representatives.

Adams Oshiomhole Photo Credit Channels


Oshiomhole wins Edo North APC senatorial ticket

Mr Oshiomhole scored 309 votes to defeat his opponent and incumbent senator, Francis Alimikhena, who polled five votes.

Danjuma Goje


Danjuma Goje clinches Gombe Central senatorial ticket

Senator Danjuma Goje is hoping to be reelected in the 2023 general elections.