Some International and local civil society organisations have called on President Muhammadu Buhari to reconsider the budget cuts for social services, stating that about 10 million girls across the world were already at risk of not returning to the classroom when COVID-19 pandemic passes.
According to them, many girls would be lost to child marriage, pregnancy, gender-based violence and child labour.
The cuts they are asking the President to reconsider include 54 percent slash in Universal Basic Education budget, 20 percent in Ministry of Education budget and 42.5 in the Basic Healthcare Fund, BHCF, budget.
The CSOs include Malala Fund; Connected Development, CODE; Restoration of Hope Initiative, ROHI; ACE Charity; Youth Hub Africa; Hallmark Leadership Initiative; Legal Defence and Assistance Project, LEDAP; Centre for Girls Education; Centre LSD; Education as a Vaccine and the Civil Society Action Coalition on Education for All, CSACEFA.
They noted that the decision to withhold critical social spending, while reportedly approving a N9 billion renovation project to the National Assembly complex, will disproportionately affect Nigeria’s most marginalised children in particular, and girls living in the poorest households in rural areas, especially the northern region, they noted.