House of Representatives Takes Bold Step to Revitalize Education Sector: Shagaya’s Bill to Increase UBEC Allocation Passes First Reading


In a significant move to breathe new life into Nigeria’s education sector, the House of Representatives today debated a critical bill that seeks to amend the Compulsory Free Universal Basic Education Act Cap. C52, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004. The bill, sponsored by the member representing Ilorin West/Asa Federal Constituency, Hon. Muktar Tolani Shagaya, aims to increase the allocation from the Consolidated Revenue Fund to the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) from 2% to 4%.

The proposed amendment, which was read for the first time on Thursday, 12th October 2023, is an integral part of the Renewed Hope Agenda, a comprehensive strategy designed to foster sustainable development in the nation. By increasing the allocation to UBEC, the bill seeks to ensure equitable access to high-quality basic education for all school-aged children, while also tackling pressing issues such as out-of-school children, illiteracy, ignorance, and poverty.

During the debate, Hon. Shagaya emphasized the importance of the bill, stating that it will play a pivotal role in addressing the critical challenges facing the education sector. The lawmaker’s sentiments were echoed by colleagues in the hallowed chambers, who unanimously supported the bill, underscoring the significance of basic education in Nigerian society.

With this development, the bill is set to proceed to the second reading and subsequent stages of the legislative process. If enacted into law, the amendment will be a landmark achievement for the Renewed Hope Agenda and a significant step towards transforming the education sector, ultimately impacting the lives of millions of Nigerian children and shaping the future of the nation.

Reacting to the bill, constituents have taken to social media to express their joy and support: “We extend our heartfelt commendation to Rep. Muktar Shagaya for his exceptional legislative strides and unwavering dedication to the welfare of his constituents in the Ilorin West/Asa Federal Constituency. As a member of the House of Representatives, Rep. Shagaya has consistently exhibited exemplary leadership, commitment, and passion for improving the lives of Nigerians.

His recent sponsorship of the bill to amend the Compulsory Free Universal Basic Education Act Cap. C52 stands as a testament to his visionary leadership and genuine concern for the future of Nigeria’s children. By championing an increase in the allocation to the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC), Rep. Shagaya has demonstrated a deep understanding of the pivotal role that education plays in the development of our society.”

Furthermore, “Rep. Shagaya’s active involvement in the House Committee on Basic Education & Services, along with other committees, showcases his determination to contribute meaningfully to legislative processes. His efforts ensure that the interests of his constituents and Nigerians at large are well-represented and addressed.

Beyond his legislative endeavours, Rep. Shagaya has also demonstrated his commitment to the well-being of his constituents through various outreach programs. These initiatives, such as the distribution of palliatives and engagement in transparent processes, have had a substantial impact on the lives of many within his constituency and serve as an inspiring example for other lawmakers to emulate.

In summary, we express our profound gratitude to Rep. Muktar Shagaya for his outstanding service to the nation and his constituents. His tireless efforts in the legislative chambers and beyond have not gone unnoticed, and we are confident that he will continue to be a driving force for positive change and development in his constituency and Nigeria as a whole”, constituents wrote.

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