Group implores artisans to expose corruption in projects
The Human Development Initiative (HDI), a non-governmental organisation monitoring Universal Basic Education (UBE) projects in Lagos State, has trained about 120 artisans to monitor UBE projects in their local governments and to expose any corrupt practice.
The artisans comprising builders, bricklayers, electricians, tailors, technicians, hairdressers and painters, among others, were drawn from 10 local governments; Agege, Mushin, Ojo, Apapa, Ajeromi, Iwaya, Shomolu, Surulere, Amuwo Odofin and Ibeju Lekki.
Executive Director, HDI, Mrs. Olufunso Owasanoye, who spoke on the roles and responsibilities of stakeholders in education, said all hands must be on deck to ensure that necessary things are done to make learning environment conducive for students.
She said stakeholders are to pioneer advocacy and mobilisation for the full involvement of society members in basic education delivery, ensure smooth relationship between the school managers and the community members should participate actively in the development of the schools.
According to the project coordinator, Mr. Ibidapo Johnson, education is a right and not a privilege. He said: “Education for all is the responsibility of all and if education issues were trivialised, development would not be achieved.”
He called on stakeholders to collaborate to ensure all children of school age are given nine years free, compulsory and continuous education, while any parent or guardian that default should be prosecuted.
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