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CSOs Task Kaduna Govt on Gender-sensitive WASH Facilities

By Uangbaoje Alex, Kaduna

The Kaduna Basic Education Accountability Mechanism (KADBEAM), has charged the state government to focus on providing more gender-sensitive Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) facilities and sanitary supplies in schools to improve hygiene practices among girls.

This according to them, this would improve school attendance among girls and prevent open defecation.

KADBEAM, made the call in Zaria, at a two-day media discussion on Basic Education scorecard in Kaduna State, organized with support from the UK Government through Partnership to Engage Reform and Learn (PERL), a Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), project in Nigeria.

The report revealed that 95.3 per cent of the projects had no water facility component, even when 53.5 per cent do not have water source, two per cent sources water from streams and 41.9 per cent had boreholes.

They also want government to provide safe spaces in schools to ensure a safe and friendly learning environment for girls as the findings revealed only 7% of safe spaces available in schools.

“Government should ensure timely releases and cash-backing of allocated funds to complete the 69 % on-going projects.

“Kaduna State Government must urgently address blockages to fiscal transparency in the education Sector especially in delivery
of projects.

“Projects under the UBE program should be implemented in a more transparent manner leveraging on the existing procurement solutions in line with the governments commitment to the Open
Government Partnership and SFTAS.

“Government should ensure that school infrastructures at the basic level are inclusive, accessible and friendly to PWDs as findings show 74.4% projects do not have ramps. None of the projects have ramps leading to the classroom.

“Government should disseminate to host communities adequate procurement data, especially information on cost, design, specifications and standards, bill of quantity, description of the project and other information communities may demand as useful for proper community monitoring.

“This will strengthen citizens participation and promote fiscal transparency and accountability in the delivery of education projects.

“Citizens at the community level and influencers should ensure that school facilities are protected against indiscriminate use for activities like weddings, football etc.” The Accountability Mechanism, said.

Early, PERL Facilitator, Istifanus Akau, said the discussion with the media followed the earlier presentation of the scorecard to state actors.

He noted that it was necessary to bring the media together so as to make them understand the report and how to engage government and also inform the citizens as they return to their various stations.

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