… How CODE saves FG N569m by tracking UBEC projects in 4 Kaduna LG
By Ibrahim HassanWuyo
Kaduna State Universal Basic Education (KAD-SUBEB) Executive Chairman Tijjani Abdullahi has appealed to a non-governmental organization working around transparency and accountability, Connected Development [CODE], to help them provide classroom software across the state.
Abdullahi expressed the agency’s commitment to continue working with CODE in its involvement in education in the state.
He appealed to CODE to find a way to support the agency in its push to apply for classrooms to improve the level of basic education in Kaduna state.
“I want CODE to help us in terms of software for the classrooms, not just materials, I think the next phase will be to help us better manage our human resources; teachers, to develop and train them. I know you have access to resources. I want you to come up with something we can work on in the next three years, ”he said.
Connected development [CODE] It said Thursday that it has helped the federal government save $ 569 million while monitoring Universal Basic Education (UBE) projects in four areas of Kaduna local government.
CODE Executive Director Hamzat Lawal, who spoke through CODE Program Director, Ms. Lucy Abagi during the virtual presentation of a three-year project impact report on spending on Universal Basic Education in the state from Kaduna, said the needs assessment was carried out in more than 600 schools.
CODE through one of its initiatives, Follow The Money (FTM), in 2017, sought to ensure transparency and accountability in capital project expenditures in underserved communities, therefore, it began to track UBE spending in Jema ‘a, Zangon Kataf, Kudan and local Kajuru. Kaduna State Government Areas with the support of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.
According to him, quality education was a major concern for his organization because that was what the learning outcome they advocated for would bring, leveraging community champions and other stakeholders.
Speaking about the success of the follow-up, he said: “The School Management Committees (SBMC), as well as the citizens, are more aware and take collective action to demand transparency and accountability in UBEC / Kad SUBEB Spending as a result of various activities of capacity building sessions such as monitoring and evaluation, community participation, human management among others.
“The change in policy or project plan by Kaduna SUBEB due to our annual reports presents key policy recommendations as a result of the project implementation findings channeled (three reports) to Kaduna SUBEB (Kad-SUBEB) for the repair and needs assessment carried out in 609 schools in the 4 LGAs for UBE action planning based on evidence in the state and presented its report to the governor of Kaduna state.
“N569 million (USD 1.5 million) was tracked in 23 projects, in 20 communities, in Jema’a, Kudan, Kajuru and Zangon Kataf LGA).
“The SBMCs became an integral part of UBEC / SUBEB’s annual budgeting and implementation cycle through the adoption of a project monitoring and nomination tool.
“The tool was developed in collaboration with KAD-SUBEB, SBMC, Secretaries of Education and LGA Council Chairs in the spirit of co-creation, a principle of the Open Government Partnership (OGP) in the Kaduna state government,” he said. .