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Group mobilises stakeholders for judicious use of Lagos N2.9bn UBEC fund

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The Human Development Initiatives (HDI) has mobilised community representatives and stakeholders to ensure that the N2.9bn earmarked for funding of basic education in Lagos is judiciously used and projects are executed.

Speaking at a sensitisation programme for stakeholders in the basic education sector in Ajeromi Ifelodun Local Government yesterday, HDI Senior Programme Officer, Ibidapo Johnson said about N2.95b has been earmarked for different basic education projects in the 2018 Action Plan, which are being executed this year and stakeholders are key if quality execution would be achieved on completion of the projects.

Johnson said it is the reason HDI and its partners were organising the sensitisation programme to equip parents and community representatives with information about the projects and to demand for quality execution.

“We are having a sensitisation programme for stakeholders in the basic education sub sector. We are telling them about their critical roles in the delivery of basic education in Lagos

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“We are telling them about their roles in enrolment and retention of pupils and students. Also, we want them to take ownership of basic education projects in schools within their community. For instance, the government is at present implementing the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) 2018-action plan, for which about N2.95b has been earmarked for different basic education projects. And these projects are in about 9 categories – construction, rehabilitation, furniture, fencing, water and sanitation, sport development and agriculture development.

Projects along these areas are to be executed in different schools in Lagos.

“We are here to encourage community representatives to take ownership by ensuring that contractors do what they are expected to do. According to the action plan, there is a time delivery for each of the project, there is amount allocated for the projects, there is a quantity and quality expected. For furniture, there are quantity expected in each schools the projects would be executed, if you are suppose to get 90 and only 30 was delivered, they should be able to ask questions. We are encouraging and teaching them on how to report to appropriate authorities if any school gets anything less than what it should get.

We are going to give them a sample of the action plans, contacts of education secretaries, Lagos State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) and teach them how to write a letter to appropriate authorities if things are not done properly. A sample of such letter would also be given to them, with the hope that when they leave this training they will be able to engage with relevant authorities.”

At the programme were parents, teachers, School-based Management Committee members, education secretaries, youth representatives, religious and community leaders.

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