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CSO demands citizen’s participation in UBE operations

A survey conducted by some civil society organizations on Accountability for Good Governance in Education reveals that citizens do not monitor Universal Basic Education UBE Funds performance and project implementation.

The survey also reveals that Teachers in schools lack the capacity to carry out their functions due to inadequate of trainings.

The Survey which was conducted in five states of Ebonyi, FCT, Kano, Kwara & Ilorin was to promote good governance in the education sector through transparency and accountability in the work plan of the states’ UBEC, the disbursement and implementation of the funds received.

The Project Manager, YouthhubAfrica, Olusegun Medupin at the demand and supply side stakeholders’ engagement meeting and presentation of the survey report on Basic Education in Abuja in Abuja noted that the objective of the was to influence the Government at the National level to increase budgetary allocations to primary and secondary education by the end of 2023.

He explained that the project also seeks to facilitate the institutionalization of citizens’ participation and engagement in the UBE processes in 5 states by 2023.

“During the research, we carried out in five states of the country which include  Kano, Kebbi,  Ebonyi and Federal Capital Territory, we identified that some teachers lack capacity. They are not well trained, some of them have not been promoted in the last ten years”, he said.

Mr Medupin noted that the Accountability for Good Governance in Education in Nigeria (AGGE), is meant to ensure that there is transparency and accountability in the education sector most especially basic education in Nigeria.

Peter Ogah of YouthHub Africa disclosed that the Accountability for Good Governance in Education (AGGE) project  seek to enhance good governance in the education sector through transparency and accountability in the work plan of    UBEC.

 ”The project will ensure the accurate disbursement and implementation of the funds received in the 5 states by the end of 2023.

According to (UNESCO) 2022 Report, an estimated twenty million children in Nigeria are out of school.

”This number alone constitutes more than the population of three African countries; consisting of Benin, Gambia, and Gabon put together. The state of the educational system in Nigeria is saddening. We also need to develop a robust curriculum that will improve the quality of education in the country”, Ogah stated.

The Acting Executive Chairman of FCT Universal Basic Education Board, Dr Alhassan Sule Abaji,  who was represented by Mr Auta Emmanuel highlighted that the education board would continue to collaborate with stakeholders and relevant bodies to ensure that there is development in the education sector.

Participants at the meeting stressed that If the gaps identified from the needs assessment are addressed by the relevant stakeholders,  it will lead to an increase in citizens’ participation and engagement in the UBE process and lead to overall  Accountability in education in Nigeria.

The stakeholders identified include Government officials at all levels(Ministries of Education,SUBEB), National Association of Teachers(N.U.T), Parent Teachers Association(PTA) ,Teachers from Private and Public schools, School Based Management Committees(SBMC) and NGO’s/CSO’s.

Reporting by Daniel Adejo