Stakeholders urged to track projects in education sector to enhance participatory governance

Poised to ensure quality in Intervention projects awarded by Universal Basic Education, UBE and State Universal Basic Education Board, SUBEB, stakeholders in benefiting communities have been challenged to rise to the responsibility of tracking those projects.

Facilitators at a one-day sensitization exercise on the intervention projects for selected stakeholders, organized by a Non Governmental Organization, Legal Awareness for Nigerian Women in Kaura Local Government Area, threw the challenge on Thursday at Kagoro.

Magdalene Ilenwabor, Programme Officer of the NGO said tracking of projects by members of communities would, among other things, expose corrupt tendencies and guarantee adherence to contractual specifications for quality jobs.

Ilenwabor, who observed that monitoring by citizens was limited due to lack of access to information on financial transactions especially in terms of allocation and utilization, however urged the stakeholders to access Government budgets with a view to exposing failures in delivery of public service by contractors.

Similarly, another Programme Officer, Femi Johnson, regretted that corruption in Nigeria had become endemic to the extent that it affects all citizens irrespective of status.

Mr. Johnson attributed lack of steady development, increase in poverty, poor performance of Government institutions and high level of crime in Nigeria among others to corruption, adding that reversing the ugly trend was the only solution to the socioeconomic and political growth of the country.

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