Civil Society groups under the umbrella of Civil Society Action Coalition on Education for All (CSACEFA) rallied in Abuja on Thursday to protest lack of quality education for all Nigerian children.
Members of different groups matched to National Assembly complex and Federal Ministry of Education displaying placards with inscriptions: ‘UBEC money should not be in fixed deposit, use it wisely!’, ‘Increase education budget’, ‘Sanction states that refuse to access the UBEC funds’, and among others.
The rally is to commemorate the annual global action week on education.
Speaking during the rally, the Policy Adviser of Civil Society Action Coalition on Education For All (CSACEFA), Chioma Osuji said that the gesture was to advocate for free quality education for all children.
“There are many issues around education that Government should begin tlook at”.
Speaking earlier, the National Moderator of CSACEFA, Kabiru Aliyu, has appealed to Government to review the UBE Act of 9 years compulsory free education to 12 accommodate the senior secondary schools level.
In his remark, the Chief Executive of a Non-Governmental Organisation, (NGO), Connected Development (CODE), Hamzat B. Lawal that their demands include among other things, Government should make education budget and plans transparent and accessible to citizens, recruitment nd deployment of only qualified teachers to schools.
Addressing the NGOs at the main entrance of the Federal Ministry Of Education, the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, assured that Government would look at their demands and act accordingly.
Adamu who was represented by the Director of Human Resource Management in the Ministry of Education, Dr. Muhammad Bello Umar urged them to be patient,saying Government has been carrying out several reforms on education.