CODE launches 3years Project Impact Report on UBE Spending in Kaduna State
By Uangbaoje Alex, Kaduna
A transparency and accountability NGO, Connected Development (CODE), on Thursday, presented a 3 years project impact report on the Universal Basic Education spending in Kaduna State.
CODE, through its initiative “Follow The Money” in September 2017, started the implementation of the 3-year project, of tracking UBE spending in Four (4) Local Government Areas (LGAs) of Jema’a,
Zango, Kudan and Kajuru in Kaduna State with support from John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.
The report which was launched during a Mega Stakeholders Meeting, via virtual conferencing (zoom), brought education stakeholders within and outside Kaduna State together in a bid to disseminate findings, impacts and
lessons learnt within the 3years of the projects implementation.
According to the report, the tracking activities by Follow the Money in the 4 LGAs saved the Nigerian Government of over N569 million (USD 1.5 million) unnecessary spending in the basic education sector.
The report further states that “Schools Based Management Committees (SBMCs), as well as citizens, are more aware and take collective action to demand transparency and accountability in Universal Basic Education Commission/Kaduna State Universal Basis Education (UBEC/Kad SUBEB) Spending as a result of various capacity building sessions like Monitoring and evaluation, community engagement, human management e.t.c.
“Change in policy or project plan by the Kaduna SUBEB owing to our annual reports feature key policy recommendations as a result of channeled project implementation findings to Kaduna SUBEB (Kad-SUBEB) for redressal. Also conducted Needs Assessment across 609 schools in the 4 LGAs for evidence-based UBE action planning in the state, and presented its report to the Governor of Kaduna state.”
The report also said as a result of the project, “SBMCs became an integral part of UBEC/SUBEB yearly budgeting and implementation cycle through the adoption of a project nomination and monitoring
tool. The tool was developed in collaboration with the KAD-SUBEB, SBMCs,
Education Secretaries, and LGA Council Chairmen in the spirit of co-creation, a tenet
of the OGP in Kaduna state government.”
CODE, is a non-governmental organization whose mission is to improve access to information and empower local communities in Africa. One of CODE’s initiatives, Follow The Money (FTM), seeks to ensure transparency and accountability in capital projects expenditure in marginalised communities so that everyone, everywhere can have equal access to social infrastructure.
Earlier in his remarks, Executive Chairman of Kaduna State Universal Basis Education (KAD-SUBEB), Tijjani Abdullahi, expressed the agency’s commitment to continue to work with CODE in it’s involvement to education in the state.
He appealed to CODE, to find a way in supporting the agency in her drive to come up with an Application for classrooms to enhance the standard of basic education in Kaduna state.
“I want CODE, to help us in terms of software for classrooms, not just for materials, I think the next phase will be to help us better manage our human resources; the teachers, to in developing them and training them. I know you have access to resources. I want you to come up with something we can work with in the next three years.” The Chairman added.
Executive Director of CODE, Hamzat Lawal, noted that quality education is a major concern for his organization because that is what will bring the learning outcome that they are advocating for.
Hamzat who was represented by CODE’s Program Director, Mrs. Lucy Abaji, said education is important to CODE because it speaks largely to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which Nigeria is signatory to.