The #FollowTheMoney (FTM) Team during its data mining session examined the Delta State Paris Club Refunds costed work plan. We learned that Iberede Community Primary School in Ndokwa East LGA is a part of the Primary Schools to be reconstructed by the Delta State government as part of the projects to be executed with the refunds, at the cost of NGN 14.4m ($45,779).

In addition, Mathnebi Nig. Ltd has been contracted to Construct Six (6) Blocks of Classrooms at the school.

We have initiated the #RebuildIberede Campaign to track the implementation of the NGN 14.4 million. Through this campaign, we call on all concerned stakeholders including the Delta State Universal Basic Education Board, The Ministry of Education and other relevant governmental agencies including the contractor; Mathnebi Nig, Ltd to uphold public trust by ensuring transparency and accountability in the construction of this school which will bridge the education deficit in the community.

Government Ministries Claimed Ignorance of The Paris Club Refund

22 August 2017: Our FTM State Chapter in Delta State went to the Ministry of Finance for a courtesy call on the Commissioner to ask critical questions concerning the implementation of the project. They were rather referred to the Ministry’s Accountant General, and later to a rather junior officer, the Director of Treasury, Mrs. Joy Enwa. She showed great lackadaisical attitude and later informed the team that the state government had disbursed the PCR funds to all concerned agencies.

Find the meeting report here. A confirmation from the Ministry of Education revealed they were not aware of the Paris Club Refund.

Community Member Was Surprised to Learned About the Paris Club Refund After His Initial Leadership on a Courtesy Visit to SUBEB

The Sorry State of Egbedi School 1 Ibrede

09 August 2017: The uncle of the Regent, Chief Iliromah Jerry explained how he took leadership on the sorry state of the schools in the community, especially the Egbebi Primary School which was first constructed in 1930. He had requested the Headmaster to write a letter on the status of the school which he took personally to the Delta State SUBEB two weeks before our coming.  

According to him, he was promised that the school would be fixed, this was without the knowledge of the appropriation of the fund for a primary school at Ibrede from the state’s Paris Club Refund. He was shocked that information did not get to him even from SUBEB.

 

Community Regent Expressed Shock Over the Paris Club Refund School Project

Cross Session of Community Members with the Regent

09 August 2017: The Follow the money team visited Ibrede Community in Ndokwa West Local Government for a community outreach. Speaking with the Regent, His Royal Highness, Patrick Iliromah, he expressed shock of not knowing about NGN 14.4m being earmarked for the reconstruction of the blocks of classrooms at the Iberede primary school.

Find full outreach report here.

Regent of The Community Confirmed School Buiding Project not Part of Paris Refund  

09 August 2017: While still speaking with the regent, he stated, “There are two primary schools serving the whole community, the both of them are dilapidated. A block of six classrooms was constructed in January 2017, at one of the primary schools, but that is different from the one you are talking about now because it was a constituency project by the Member Representing Iberede at the House of Assembly in the State.

So it was not constructed from the Paris Club Refund.”

Headmaster Decry Noninvolvement in School Building Project  

09 August 2017: According to the Headmaster of Ibrede Primary School, he lamented that for every construction or renovation that had ever taken place in the community, they only wake up to see tractors and construction workers without prior information. He further complained that while he was in the neighboring community, the story was same, and he was even forced to sign off some shabby construction done as the Headmaster. He spoke about the dangers letting this building stand without renovation or reconstruction, praying that it does not fall on students and cause more tragedy. He said apart from the building, other learning facilities are also needed to aid teaching and learning.