According to Halima Illiya, the head of the secretariat for financing safe schools (FSS), roughly 18 million children have been forced out of school in Nigeria as a result of the country’s rampant insecurity since December 2020.
She stated that work are ongoing to create a national action plan on safe school financing next month while speaking yesterday in Abuja at the national stakeholders’ engagement conference on financing safe schools, with the topic, “Financing safe schools in Nigeria: Issues and strategic choices.”
Her words: “As part of this commitment and to stem increasing attacks on education, it became necessary to develop a national plan that will incorporate state-level plans, as well as Federal Government’s sectoral plans with emphasis on ensuring adequate budgetary allocation to create safe learning and teaching environment and restoring confidence in the education system.”
She made a suggestion that multiple events had been held with various government agencies, including the military and other security agencies, the Ministry of Education, governors, and development partners, in order to ensure the success of the program.
Illiya emphasized that gathering the experiences, viewpoints, and recommendations of significant stakeholders was a crucial stage in the process of creating a strong national document that would help each citizen.
Shehu Aliyu Shinkafi, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Finance (Special Duties), stated that due to school closures, Nigeria was recognized as having the greatest percentage of children who are not in school.
The Abuja Compact 2021 was created as a result of the High-Level Forum on Financing Safe Schools – Creating Safe Learning Communities, which was convened in April 2021 as a result of this situation. In order to involve key stakeholders in the effort to design and implement a national strategy for financing safe schools, the ministry established a steering committee and secretariat as part of its pledge at the summit.