NGO to track UBEC spending in 70 schools in Kaduna


A Non Governmental Organisation, Connected Development (CODE), says it will train key stakeholders to track the utilisation of funds disbursed by Universal Basic Education Commission’s (UBEC) for projects in 70 primary schools in Kaduna State. Chief Executive Officer of the organisation, Malam Hamzat Lawal, made the disclosure at a meeting with the stakeholders on Thursday in Kaduna. Nike Air Max 2017 Dames groen

Lawal explained that the project, supported by MacArthur Foundation, would track the implementation of UBEC projects in selected schools in Jema’a, Kajuru, Kudan and Zangon Kataf Local Government Areas of the state. According to him, the project would be implemented in three years, starting with 23 schools in the first year. Nike SB Air Zoom “We will train 30 officials of School-Based Management Committees, Community-Based Associations and Community-Based Organisations on tracking government spending. “We will also train 30 officials of the state Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) on data collection and dissemination, “he added. Angel Pagan Jersey Lawal noted that the education sector, especially at the basic school level, was facing challenges of inadequate infrastructure and facilities, insufficient textbooks and other instructional materials. Nike Air Presto He said that the situation had compounded problems of high pupils/teacher ratio and low enrolment which left 50 per cent of children out of school. nike air max 90 oreo damskie According to him, although UBEC was primarily set up to address these challenges, a lot of people in rural communities have no access to budgetary information to enable them monitor projects earmarked for them. San Diego State Aztecs Jerseys Lawal explained that the project would empower such communities with relevant information about government financing and spending, for them to monitor and track projects implementation. Nike Kobe Shoes “Our mission is to improve access to information and empower local communities with the capacity to monitor implementation of projects to ensure transparency and accountability in capital expenditure in rural communities.” He commended the state government for its open door policy with regard to information, saying, “so far, there no state that gave us free access to information like Kaduna State.” The NGO’s Senior Programme Manager, Mr Chambers Umezulike, explained that the training was designed to enhance citizen participation in planning and implementation of capital projects. Umezulike added that at the end of the training, school monitoring team would be established to track projects’ execution and ensure effective service delivery. “We would equally strengthen the capacity of the existing monitoring agents and stakeholders, particularly SBMCs, CBAs and CBOs and linked them directly to SUBEB for effective monitoring. “We also hope to create the needed linkages between the government, citizens, and media organisation for free flow of information. “At the end of the project, a report shall be produced and be sent to relevant authorities and stakeholders for appropriate action, “he said. On his part, the Executive Chairman, Kaduna SUBEB, Malam Nasir Umar, commended CODE for the initiative, saying it would improve citizen engagement in implementation of government policies. Nike Air Max 2017 Dames zwart According to him, the performance of SUBEB largely depends on the contribution and collaboration of relevant stakeholders, adding that the project would strengthen existing synergy between government and communities. Umar said that the board has so far accessed N5.7 billion UBEC grant from 2013 to 2015, adding that 2013 projects were 100 per cent completed, those of 2014 still ongoing, while contracts for the 2015/2016 interventions would be awarded soon. Alan Branch “We have also been able to establish 3,195 School-Based Management Committees (SBMCs) and trained over 11,000 of the members on resource mobilisation and school monitoring. “We have equally trained 11,315 teachers under the teacher development programme in 2017.’’ On his part, the Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Prof. Andrew Nok, expressed the ministry’s readiness to partner with CODE in ensuring transparency and accountability in government spending in the education sector.