OrderPaperToday –  The Senate has queried the allocation of N98.181billion for personnel cost in the Ministry of Education’s 2016 budget.

The query arose because of a N10 billion increment in the 2016 Personnel Proposal of parastatals in the education sector as against N88. 199 billion appropriated in 2015 discovered at the 2016 Budget proposal presentation of the Ministry of Education before the Senate Committee on Basic and Secondary Education on Monday in Abuja.

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The query was raised following an observation by Senate Chief Whip, Prof. Olusola Adeyeye that although N98. 181 billion was earmarked for parastatals in the 2016 budget proposal, Personnel Proposals of educational institutions like Unity schools and universities were reduced.

In her response to the query, the Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Mrs Folasade Yemi-Esan, explained that the figures presented by the ministry were submitted by the various parastatals and institutions in the ministry and that  the variance in the proposals depended on the number of people enrolled in Personnel and Payment Information System (IPPIS).

She said: “So it is an automatic thing that as people retire, automatically the balance comes down. So if they are not replaced by new staff, then we have this variance, it is not that we lost some money. This is an aggregate of all the parastatals, we will check to know which one has the increase or if there is marginal increase across board because what we have done is to put together all the parastatals. Having said that, this was not imposed on the different universities and the polytechnics. They were the ones that submitted their personnel cost, so it is not an imposition.

Chairman of the committee, Sen. Aliyu Wamakko accordingly directed the ministry to return before the committee at a later date to give a better explanation on why parastatals were given priority over schools.

“Find time and give us detailed information about this. This must be addressed carefully,’’ he said, adding that the committee would not rest on its oars in ensuring that the education sector, particularly institutions of learning met global education standard.

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5 COMMENTS

  1. they can question 98 billion for salaries of 100 of thousand employee of the ministry of education but they see nothing wrong with the jumbo 150 billion for less than 500 law makers,armed robbers

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