As a follow-up on capacity building of Kaduna locals to track education projects in their communities, A Kaduna-based non-governmental organization, Legal Awareness for Nigerian Women with support from MacArthur Foundation, between Wednesday and Thursday (8-9/07/2020) updated the skills of selected trackers in selected local government areas of Kaduna State.
The two-day training, which was under Strengthening Accountability and Transparency in Nigeria Education Sector (STATNES) project with focus on local government financial reporting and prudence regulations, had over 90 community monitors, civil society, related MDAs and the media in attendance.
The participants were drawn from Soba, Chikun and Kaura local government areas of Kaduna State and retrained on how to monitor Universal Basic Education and other MacArthur Foundation supported projects in their respective local governments.
The Executive Director of LANW, Barrister Rebecca Sako – John said, the essence of the training and the STATNES project was to improve accountability in the use of UBE funds and other projects by Kaduna State.
She added that, the training would also strengthen access to information on governance and administration of UBE funds and projects in Kaduna state and strengthen involvement of community groups and association in the monitoring of UBE funds and achievements in the state.
“It is also aimed at decreasing risks of leakages and corruption administrations and use of UBEC funds in Kaduna state and enhance inclusiveness and responsiveness of service providers” she added.
During the training, participants were taken through various presentations which include citizens participation in local government budget processes, community development charter and community score cards tolls for social accountability.
Other key areas were the open contracting data (OCD) and EARS and EYES app as a means of feedback mechanism and the roles of community based monitors under the LFTAS structure, and importance of water sanitation and hygiene (WASH) in preventing COVID-19.
Earlier in their goodwill messages, Mrs Mairo Suleiman from Kaduna State Universal Basic Education Board (KADSUBEB) and Mrs Linda Yahaya from the ministry of public works and infrastructure, commended the NGO for raising the consciousness of citizens in monitoring projects in their localities for transparency and accountability.