Non governmental organisation, Legal Awareness for Nigerian Women (LANW) in partnership with MacArthur Foundation, has held a sensitisation programme for stakeholders on tracking the implementation Of Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) intervention projects in Kaura, Soba and Chikun LGAs of Kaduna State.
Speaking at a two day sensitisation programme under its Strengthening Accountability and Transparency in Nigerian Education Sector (STATNES) quarterly review/cross learning meeting, the executive director LANW, Mrs Rebecca Sako-John emphasised that education plays a very key role to the attainment of high positive outcomes in economic growth, good health and social justice.
She further stated that the increasing drop in the quality of education and school dropout has shifted policy focus towards promoting enrollment, retention, completion, infrastructural development and quality of teaching.
She stressed further that, the UBEC provides matching grants to states through the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) to improve access and quality education in schools.
She said, “STATNES project seeks to strengthen citizens access to public information and engagement in monitoring and evaluation to ensure effective utilisation of UBEC funds thus promote responsiveness, transparency of processes, accountability and high education outcomes through constructive engagement with service providers.
“This intervention aligns with MacArthur’s strategy of promoting accountability and reducing corruption as citizens have a right to know how public funds are used and to make input to make public service more efficient for the enhancement of the education sector and sustainable development.”
LANW alongside community based monitors drawn from members of School Based Management Committees (SBMC), Community Based Organisations (CBOs) traditional and faith based institutions, media and other Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) embarked on tracking the implementation of UBEC intervention projects from November 2017 with the purpose of assesjng the extent of compliance with contract terms and its effects in improving serving delivery.
Mrs Sako-John said, the findings are also expected to strengthen engagement amongst stakeholders towards improved transparency, accountability and citizens engagement given that Kaduna State signed in to Open Government Partnership (OGP).
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