Projects Allocation: LEADS Nigeria Urges Kaduna Government to Set Priorities Right
By Uangbaoje Alex, Kaduna
The Executive Director, Legal Awareness for Nigerian Woman (LEADS Nigeria), Mrs. Rebecca Sako-John, has said there is need for the Kaduna State Government to set her priority right in the allocation of projects for basic education in the state.
Mrs Sako-John, who stated this on Thursday, at a one day media engagement to review journalists commitment to a MacArthur Foundation supported project, “Strengthening Accountability and Transparency in Nigeria Education Sector (STATNES), being implemented by her organization, said even though government has limited resources, there is need to be strategic in selecting sites for projects.
She said a needs assessment carried out by her organization in three Local Government Areas; of Chikun, Kaura and Soba in the state showed that, government need to prioritize the provision of classrooms, toilets, furniture (desks, chairs), writing materials, build fences and provide sanitation facilities.
According to Sako-John, her organization since inception of the project in 2017 has, amongst other things, been able to inform more Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), Schools Based Management Committees (SBMCs), Parents, Teachers Association (PTAs), the Media and State Government on their Rights, and Responsibilities in Relation to the Use of Public Funds.
“UBE services that
would otherwise have been
hampered by corruption get
delivered to schools. Demand side stakeholders such as SBMCs & Citizens use skills acquired to engage State Actors/Service Providers for better
service delivery.” She added.
While commending the media for their efforts in tracking projects and ensuring the right things are done, She urged them not to relent in the fight against corruption in the education sector.
She explained that corruption is not bribery, but that nepotism is also a form of corruption which can also be tracked, because media involvement is key in exposing corruption in the education sector.
“One of the cardinal points of the current administration is the fight against corruption with little progress so far because the larger per cent of corrupt practices in the country goes unreported.
“Federal and state governments were spending huge resources in the sector, yet our primary schools are dilapidated, pupils sitting on the bare floor, while other schools carry out academic activities under the tree. She said.