Nigeria approves free primary education

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The State Governor of Enugu, in Nigeria, Sullivan Chime has approved commencement of free primary education in the state to eradicate illiteracy.

The Governor has also presented a budget proposal of N58billion to the State House of Assembly for the year 2008. Titled “Budget of Restoration,” it was an increase of N19.6billion over this year's budget. The Governor said the tilt of capital expenditure over recurrent expenditure was in line with the best practices in contemporary budget trends. The money would be realised from Internally Generated Revenue (IGR), state share of the Federation Accounts Allocation and Value-Added Tax (VAT on recurrent expenditure, which showed an increase of 38.80per cent over the previous budget, because of the increasing wage bill on payment of salaries and allowances to both the old and newly recruited, as well as recalled staff.

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