27 August 2020 by Julian Osamota
Kaduna State Government has completed the N569 million Naira project meant for implementation of the Universal Basic Education in the State.
Chairman of the Universal Basic Education Board, Mr Tijani Abdullahi, made this known when the Follow The Money Team led by the founder of the initiative, Mr. Hamzat Lawal paid him a visit, in Kaduna.
Mr Abdullahi, explained that the Universal Basic Education Board Kad-SUBEB, would develop a framework that allows the School Based Management Committees, SBMC, to make inputs in its annual plans and grant them access to the list of school projects that are to be implemented for monitoring and effective service delivery.
He said “Although about 500,000 children returned to school pre-COVID19, there was still need for more Classrooms to be built for the students, as part of measures to enforce social distancing in the classroom, during the pandemic”.
Earlier the founder of Follow The Money Initiative, Mr Hamzat Lawal, commended the State for its open government policy and for allocating 27% of its budget to develop the education sector.
Mr Lawal said the initiative which was supported by the McArthur Founfation and other development partners under its ON-Nigeria project, monitored the construction and rehabilitation of 23 basic school projects in Kudan, Kajuru, Zangon Kataf and Jema’a Local Governments of the State.
He noted “As a way of increasing citizens’ interest in government, the FTM team drafted a policy for participatory basic education spending in the state which mainstreamed SBMCs in Kad-SUBEB’s, UBE work, planning and implementation.”
According to him, “CODE had met with the Deputy Governor of Kaduna State, Dr Hadiza Balarabe, last year to present a needs assessment report conducted on 609 schools for evidence-based UBE action planning in the State.
According to him, the report showed that a considerable increase in the enrolment of children in schools was as a result of the School Feeding Programme, however, 92 percent of the schools do not have access to ICT materials or computers in accordance with basic education curriculum”.
Follow The Money founder, emphasized the need for the State to provide ICT materials, computers, provide potable drinking water for the majority of schools that lack these facilities, and ultimately ensure that adequate WASH facilities are in place to encourage girl-child educational enrolment.
The project titled Tracking UBE Spending in Kaduna State, seeks to identify key issues, especially in the areas of portable water, sanitation and hygiene, infrastructure, learning aids, ratio of teachers to pupils and the safety of the learning spaces for the children.