CODE hands over participatory project planning, monitoring tools to Kaduna SUBEB
The Linked Creation (CODE), an NGO, delivered to the Kaduna State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) on Tuesday project planning and monitoring tools to enhance citizen engagement and monitoring of SUBEB projects.
CODE’s chief executive, Hamzat Lawal, who conducted the Kaduna handing-over ceremony, clarified that the tools had been established in collaboration with the board.
He said it was intended to incorporate school-based management committees (SBMCs) into the work plan and execution of the board.
He defined the tools as the nominating process for school projects and the supervisory system for the project.
According to him, the innovation will ensure participatory expenditure on basic education , community control, openness and accountability in carrying out basic education projects.
“The tools allow SBMCs to notify the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) of Kaduna SUBEB ‘s annual work plans and to access the list of currently being implemented school projects for effective oversight.
“These also allow SBMCs to engage in meetings between the board and contractors on pre-contract implementation.
“The mechanisms likewise require project contractors to always pay courtesy calls upon community leaders at the outset of projects which we hope will be included in letters of contract award.”
He added that the tools will support SMBCs at school level, informing the board on the infrastructural goals of their school in a timely manner.
According to him, this will form a pool from which Kaduna SUBEB will pick projects for its annual UBE plan of work.
“We agree it will also promote successful evaluation and appraisal of school initiatives.”
He also clarified that the participatory planning processes enable the SBMCs to fill the project nomination form between January and February of each year.
Agu said the completed form would be submitted to the local government leadership of SBMC, who would send the completed forms to the Secretaries of Education (ES) in Local Government Areas ( LGAs).
“Every year between April and May the ES will forward the forms to Kaduna SUBEB for the board to review them as part of the next year’s UBE work plan.
“On the participatory project management process, a circular will be sent to the ES, LGA chairmen and SBMCs about projects to be contracted for them to participate in the processes.
“The LGA-level SBMC leadership will submit circular and information of the projects to the ward and school level SBMCs including the joint project monitoring tool.
“SBMCs at school level will use the resources to track execution of projects and send findings back to the leadership of the LGAs who will send findings for effective action to the ES and the Board,” he said.
The board’s executive chairman Mr Tijjani Abdullahi, while reacting, thanked CODE for the help and pledged to make best use of the resources to improve transparency and accountability in the execution of projects.
Abdullahi said it remained a significant obstacle to community control of the school facilities.
The resources would help enhance community engagement and control of school programs, he said. Completed