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An NGO, Human Development Initiatives (HDI), has called on stakeholders in the education sector to be committed to tracking Universal Basic Education (UBE) projects and plug hole of corruption.

Mrs Olufunso Owasanoye, the Executive Director, HDI-Nigeria, made the call at a two-day training programme to strengthen the existing structures in the sector.

Owasanoye said, “Basic education will only thrive when members of the school Board Management Committees, Parents’ Forum and stakeholders groups are involved and committed to tracking basic education project and service delivery.

“Together, let’s plug the hole of corruption.’’

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the training programme tagged: “Training of Community-Based Monitors on Tracking UBE Projects’’ in Lagos was supported by MacArthur Foundation.

It was organised by HDI to boost the capacity of local based monitoring on tracking of Universal Basic Education (UBE) projects in Lagos State.

According to Owasanoye, the training is also to build the capacity of the community monitoring teams so that they could do better.

“Those that have been doing it before or those that are just joining, we don’t just want activities again, we want result.

“It is not like before, there are new strategies coming up and you are Monitoring and Evaluating (M and E) agents and M and E will be done on you.

“It is going to be like proper office work, you will go by 9.00a.m and return 5.00p.m, you will have schedule, you have duty and responsibility.

“You will be given us report because from this date, you don’t know the greater heights you are going to,” she said.

The executive director urged any of the local monitoring teams, who was not interested in the new innovation, to leave the training, adding that it was no longer business as usual.

Also, Mr James Fadokun, a trainer from the National Institute for Educational Planning and Administration (NIEPA), urged the M and E agents not to accept gratification from contractors handling UBE projects in Lagos.

Fadokun said that accepting gratification from the contractors would not allow them to give a factual report about the UBE projects in the local areas.

He said that some members of agents that were collecting gratification from contractors had been expelled when the NGO found out that they were not sincere with their monitoring.

Fadokun said that the community-based monitoring teams would achieve their aims through factual, teamwork, investigative journalism and professionalism.

In his remarks, Mr Tayo Adelana, a staff of the HDI, urged the M and E agent to be objective, accountable and transparent in their monitoring.

Adelana also said that they should be social auditors in supervising projects in their local area.

“When supervising a building projects, no special favour should be given or solicited and no politicisation of the monitoring process must be allowed,” he said.

Edited & Vetted By: Olagoke Olatoye
(NAN)

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