KADBEAM  urges Kaduna govt to ensure schools infrastructures accessible  to PWDs

By Femi Oyelola

 

A group of Civil Society Organisations under the Kaduna Basic Education Accountability Mechanism (KADBEAM) has called on the Kaduna state government to ensure that school infrastructures at the basic level are inclusive, accessible, and friendly to Persons with Disability (PWDs),.

Assistant Secretary, KADBEAM, Mr. Joshua James made the call while presenting the  scorecard, on 44 basic education projects worth N1.3, billion tracked by the
Civil Society Organisations.

According to him, 74.4 percent of school projects tracked do not have ramps making access to school difficult if not impossible for PWDs.

Mr. Joshua James added that KADBEAM has tracked 44 basic education projects worth N1.3, billion to promote fiscal transparency and accountability in the basic education sector, yesterday.

He said that 99 percent of the projects do not have playing facilities for children’s physical activity and mental development, while only seven of the 44 projects have toilets as components.

James said that the tracking activity was supported by the Partnership to Engage Reform and Learn  ( PERL), a governance program being funded by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development Office (FCDO).

He explained that the N1.3 billion represents 31 percent of the N4.3 billion worth of projects awarded in 2021 out of the N8.6 billion earmarked for the year, under 2017, 2018, and 2019 projects.

James said that the findings showed that 69.8 percent of the projects were ongoing, 14 percent completed, 9.3 percent abandoned, while seven percent had not commenced.

In his remarks, PERL’s State Partnership Facilitator, Mr. Istifanus Akau, said that PERL would continue to create platforms for citizens and government to discuss issues of governance and service delivery.

Mr. Aliyu Idris, Director of Public Schools, Ministry of Education, commended KADBEAM for organizing the meeting for citizens to engage the government with their concerns and for the government to get feedback.

Idris acknowledged the existence of the identified challenges and promised that the ministry and Kaduna State Universal Basic Education Board were working on improving the delivery of school projects.

He described KADBEAM tracking activities as a blessing towards improving the quality of project delivery.

“You are contributing to the progress and development of the education sector through continued engagement of the sector and supporting us to improve.

“Kaduna State is operating an open government and I am happy that citizens are engaging the governance process to demand quality service delivery.

Mr. Martins Dangwa, Chairman, Evidence Technical Group, KADBEAM said that the objective of the meeting was to present that scorecard for discussion and to elicit government and stakeholders’ responses to some of the concerns.

Dangwa added that the meeting was also organised to strengthen fiscal transparency and accountability in the delivery of basic education projects.

The Co-Chairman, KADBEAM, Mr. Tijjani Aliyu, described the mechanism as “a child of necessity” to bring government and citizens to the discussion table for the planning and implementation of basic education programmes.

Aliyu explained that the KADBEAM, with members from civil society, media, and government officials was to strengthen citizens’ participation in the delivery of education programmes in line with Open Government Partnership.

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