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President Muhammadu Buhari presenting the 2021 budget to the National Assembly.

By Gabriel Ewepu – Abuja

A non-governmental organisation working to combat poverty and promote social justice in Nigeria, ActionAid Nigeria, Tuesday, called for upward review of Agriculture, Health, and Education allocations in the 2021 Budget Proposal presented by President Muhammadu Buhari to the National Assembly last Thursday.

This was contained in a statement signed by the Country Director, Ene Obi, where the organization made some observations on the total budget of N13.08tn with an aggregate revenue projection of 7,886tn, which is described as very ambitious. Given that the downward spiral trend of the economy compelled the Federal Government to review the 2020 budget, in which total Federal Government expenditure was revised downwards from N10.594 trillion to N10.523 trillion.

Likewise, key benchmark revenue assumptions were revised downwards. Crude oil price benchmark

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BPS teachers, parents criticize in-person learning with COVID trending upward

The mayor delayed the second wave of students returning to in-person learning, but said that high-needs students who returned the week before would continue to come into school buildings.

Speakers and protesters at the rally expressed frustration and surprise that the school district had broken what the union said was an agreement that a positive test rate of 4 percent or above would halt all in-person learning.

Melonie Miller, a fifth-grade teacher at George Conley Elementary School, held a sign during the protest.
Melonie Miller, a fifth-grade teacher at George Conley Elementary School, held a sign during the protest.Erin Clark/Globe Staff

“Four percent is what we agreed upon and that’s what it should be,” said Liv Chaffee, an art teacher who has taught in the BPS system for a dozen years.

She said the district is pressuring teachers by advancing the false narrative that those who choose not to teach in person are abandoning their students. Those teachers would prefer to be in the classroom

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