From: Femi Oyelola, kaduna
The Civil Society Action Coalition on Education for All (CSACEFA), said it is investigating N501.4 million Universal Basic Education Commission’s (UBEC) spending in 32 basic schools in Kaduna State.
Mrs. Ahanonu Odinakachi, CSACEFA’ s Administration Officer, stated this yesterday in Kaduna at a Town Hall Meeting organised by the NGO to interact with relevant stakeholders in Kaduna North Local Government Area of the state.
Odinakachi explained that the organisation with the support of McArthur Foundation, would track the spending of the funds under the 2014 and 2015 UBEC intervention projects in three local government areas namely; Lere, Jaba and Kaduna North.
According to the Work Plan from UBEC, N186.6 million was allocated for various projects in 10 schools in Kaduna North, N165.4 for 11 schools in Jaba and N149.3 also for 11 schools in Lere LGAs.
She said that the main goal of tracking UBEC projects in the state was to increase community’s voice in demanding for accountability to ensure efficient use of government’s resources.
“Our mission is to engage the citizens on effective monitoring and tracking the utilisation of the funds in ensuring that every child has access to quality basic education.
“This is crucial because the community members have stake in UBEC spending in their areas, hence the need to carry them along to ensure sustainability,” she said.
She said that the meeting was organised to build a synergy for community accountability and transparency.
“The meeting was organised to discuss issues around UBEC projects in the communities and build synergy among stakeholders for effective implementation of the projects.
“This will create the needed common ground where community members and duty bearers can collaborate during implementation of UBE projects,” she said.
Mr Taye Lukas, CSACEFA Secretary, Kaduna Office, said that the on-the-spot monitoring and assessment of projects revealed that in most cases, projects were undertaken in communities without the knowledge of community members.
“We were at Jaba for a similar meeting on Tuesday and the community leaders confirmed that they are not being carried along in the implementation of the projects.
“They equally confirmed our findings that most of the projects were poorly executed because of poor monitoring,” Lukas said.