In the 2023 budget, the education sector received 11.6% of the allocation. The proposed 2024 budget allocated only 12%, indicating a marginal increase by the present administration. The statement highlighted the poor state of education and health indicators in Zamfara, with 61.4% of school-aged children being out of school, based on the 2021 Multiple Cluster Indicator Survey.
The coalition also noted the poor health sector indices in the state and criticized the decrease in the health sector budget proposal from 9% in the 2023 budget to 7.8% in the proposed 2024 budget. Additionally, the Nigeria Multidimensional Child Poverty Report 2023 ranked Zamfara State as number 4 among the states with a high number of multidimensionally poor children, including access to education and health.
The statement urged the State Governor and members of the State House of Assembly to review the budget for the education and health sectors, emphasizing the need to address the well-being and development of children in the state. Ultimately, the coalition lamented the overall reduction in the allocation to the social sector in the 2024 proposed budget compared to the previous year.