No fewer than 120 stakeholders drawn from various organizations in Kaduna South local Government Area of the state have been engaged by Community Life Project (CLP) and Reclaim Naija with support from MacAuthur foundation on proper monitoring and execution of Universal Basic Education (UBE) projects within their communities.
The project was initiated with a view to ensuring that Grassroots communities get value for money Government invests in basic education in their communities.
Speaking at a 1 day community stakeholders town hall meeting in Kaduna, the Programme Manager, CLP/ReclaimNaija, Francis Onahor, said the 3-year project focuses on getting Grassroots Community citizens to play an active role in ensuring that Universal Basic Education projects sited winthin their communities are effectively executed up to specification.
He said the meeting which is the first in a series of Town Hall meetings that will be held under the project, Enhancing Community-Based Monitoring of Universal Basic Education projects in communities is utmost concerned about the pervading corruption in the system and lack of community participation.
He disclosed that Ikara and Sanga Local Governments will hold similar Town Hall Meetings adding that, CLP is working with Grassroots Citizens and State Actors to enthrone democratic accountability and inclusive development as well as building their capacities to be able to constructively engage with Grassroots citizens in getting their real needs into the budget.
He added, “Our governance project is driven on the ReclaimNaija platform, a social movement platform that brings together a vast network of artisan groups, professionals, community-based organisations and associations and government agencies.
“It is no longer news that Nigeria has one of the highest out-of-school youths in the world, about 10.5 million. Several factors account for this. All over the world, communities play an active role in decisions that affect their local schools; especially when it has to do with school infrastructure and the quality of teachers and teaching aids.
“They want to know how monies earmarked for school projects are spent; they make sure to discuss what type of infrastructure the local school needs to create an enabling environment for their children and wards; if their children and wards are performing poorly, they want to know the cause and see how they can quickly resolve the problem.”
He commended the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation for their support and unwavering belief in the future of Nigerian children and wards.
Earlier, representative of State Universal Basic Education (SUBEB) Aminu Ibrahim and representative of Kaduna South sole administrator Alhaji Yunusa Ibrahim expressed their commitment towards ensuring that UBE projects are given adequate protection while calling on relevant stakeholders for their contributions.
Also speaking, the chairlady Kaduna South volunteer monitoring group on UBEC funding, Hajia Bilhatu Idris Adamu also harps on collective stakeholders involment for effective performance.