We sent a Freedom of Information Letter to the Major stakeholders
9th of February; Shortly after the community engagement to Tongo by our community reporter, we are made to understand that the people are not aware of any intervention by the government. We sent an FOI to the Federal ministries and the major stakeholders in the state to ask for the contract details and the status of the N20m that was budgeted in the 2016 budget.
Community Ask Government to Intervene Immediately
Abubakar Muhammed Tongo has sent his plea to the government to come to their plight as hundreds of children are learning at risk, as infrastructures and teaching aid in Tongo 2 Primary school are already dilapidated “We have already donated token from our hands to repair the walls, as such we need government to intervene at this time” says Hon Ahmed Bello Tongo.
We do not know about the reconstruction” – Tongo Community Laments
Ali Liman Tango and Abdullahi B. Haruna were disappointed that they were not duly consulted before it was added to the budget. “As an active media follower this is the first time I will be hearing about the budgeted 20 million Naira for construction and equipping Tongo 2 primary school” says Buba Mallam Busum.
Findings of our Ground truthing to Tongo 2 Primary School
Preliminary Data Mining of Tongo 2 Primary School
A preliminary investigation into the 2016 appropriation bill revealed to the data mining team of Follow the Money that; some funds in tune to N20m was earmarked for the building and furnishing of 2 classrooms in Tongo 2 Primary School in Tongo, Funakaye Local Government of Gombe State.
Further mining of the data on the school revealed that the school is having a total of 1391 students with 17 classrooms and 35 class teachers. The analysis on the school data revealed that there is a ratio of 81 students per classroom and 39 students per teacher as against the UNESCO recommendation of a maximum of 40 students per classroom.
In respect to the revelation of the investigation, the Follow The Money team will be tracking the N20m for the provision of 2 extra classrooms for the school.