CODE Hands Kaduna SUBEB, SBMC Participatory Work Plan, Project Monitoring Framework

By Uangbaoje Alex, Kaduna

An accountability and transparency monitoring NGO, Connected Development popularly known as CODE, on Tuesday presented a draft document to help all stakeholders in the basis education sector in Kaduna State, participate and monitor Universal Basis Education (UBE) projects in the state to the State Universal Basis Education and the Schools Based Management Committee (SBMC).

The draft documents, “Participatory Work Planning and Project Monitoring Processes Model” and “UBE Work Planning Tool”, according to CODE, would make it easier for both government and citizens to engage the process from pre-contract award, contract award, implementation, monitoring to full completion.

The framework would also help the SBMCs communicate their annual schools projects priorities to SUBEB for inclusion on the state’s UBE work plan and also guide them in providing SUBEB with school project implementation feedback.

Speaking at the workshop which was supported by the MacArthur Foundation, where the documents were presented, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, CODE, Hamzat Lawal, noted that the framework is also a tools for SBMCs to mainstream Kad-SUBEB’s annual spending.

Represented by Zaliha Lawal, Kaduna State Lead of CODE, Hamzat, explained, “we proposed this workshop, in collaboration with the Board, for critical basic education stakeholders in the state, to review a model which CODE has drafted, for participatory basic education spending in the state.

“We hope that the stakeholders here review and adopt the model and tools, while we finalize the drafts with the Board for final approval and adoption at the state level. Through this, we believe SBMCs can become effective drivers of change for effective basic education budgeting and expenditure in the state. Subsequently, we plan to have a similar workshop in our 4 focal LGAs of the project to have the model and tools cascaded down.

“I must also say that we commend the state government for its open government policy and for allocating 27.15% of its budget to the education sector. We also and most importantly commend Kad-SUBEB for the information sharing collaboration which they have maintained with CODE since 2017 that the project started. This is indeed commendable and worthy of emulation by other SUBEBs.” He said.

In his remarks, Executive Chairman KADSUBEB, Abdullahi Sani, who was represented by Ag Director Social Mobilisation, Aminu Ibrahim, commended CODE for helping to set a standard for project implementation and monitoring for the agency.

He said UBE projects implementation can not be complete in Kaduna without the mention of CODE, adding that the NGO, has done a lot for KADSUBEB, especially for strengthening the capacity of staff.

“They monitor our projects in such a way that it has repositioned our project implementation processes. We appreciate them because KADSUBEB can not do it alone, more hands need to be on desk to help us in community accountability and transparency.” The Chairman added.

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