Unguwar Rana is a community in Kufana 1 of Kajuru LGA with a population of about 4000 people, whose main occupation is farming. The community has one primary school named Kufana Primary School 1 with a total number of 335 pupils, the community is a beneficiary of the UBEC/SUBEB 2014 Intervention. The total sum of N38, 637,182.22 was approved for the construction of new blocks of classroom and rehabilitation of existing facilities in the school.

We have initiated the #RebuildKufana campaign to champion the reconstruction and rehabilitation of the school facilities. We use this medium to call on the relevant stakeholders most especially the School-Based Monitoring Committees to wake up to the call to ensure quality basic education is provided for those at the rural community in a conducive environment.

 

Follow The Money Radio Program on #RebuildKufana

21 November 2017: FTM team was on LibertyFM 91.7 Kaduna discussing the #RebuildKufana campaign.

Contractor Blamed Project Sluggishness on Scarcity of Water

 

One of the classroom blocks where work is yet to commence

17 November 2017: It was observed that the state of projects executed in the school was behind targets and timelines. Upon interrogation, the contractor explained that the lack of water in the area and poor road network for transportation of materials were responsible for his underperformance. However, he revealed that he’s harnessing available alternatives e.g repairing a malfunction borehole in the area in order to address the scarcity of water.

Follow the Money Team Charge Contractor on Adherence to High Quality of work

17 November 2017: Follow the Money team, while leading an inspection tour, charged the contractors to maintain the quality of work in line with the Bills of Quantity and project specifications. The school Headteacher and Chairman of SMBC were tutored on basic indicators to gauge during evaluations. Strict adherence to project specifications is of utmost importance to our team and we emphasize it on every meeting. Quality of work is the pathway to achieving project sustainability.

 

Kad-SUBEB Chairman Graced the Townhall Meeting for Dialogue With the Community 

Chairman of Kad-SUBEB responding to questions during meeting

17 November 2017: The town hall meeting in Kajuru LGA held at Kufana 1 Primary School had in attendance the Chairman of Kad-SUBEB. Her attendance was prompted by the effects and results of massive meetings held in the other LGAs. She was there to strengthen engagement and to respond to issues usually raised during the meeting. This presented the community an opportunity for face-to-face interaction against the status quo of representation.

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Community Laments Learning Materials Are Outdated

25 October 2017: Learning in the school has been truncated, pupils do not have conducive learning environment, as the construction has been a great disturbance. Various issues were raised by the teachers and members of the community as touching the availability of books, as the ones currently in use are outdated or not in line with the current curriculum.

 

Construction and Rehabilitation has started

25 October 2017: FTM team embarked on a community outreach to Unguwar Rana community and also visited the Kufana Primary School 1. According to the bills of quantities, 4 existing blocks of classrooms should be renovated, from what we saw on site, the roof sheets of the said blocks had been removed, also the construction of 1block of four classrooms is at its foundation stage. The construction of the toilet and perimeter fencing has however not been started.

The report can be found here.

 

Community Pledges to Follow the Money

Cross-session of participants

25 October 2017: Members of the community in their various capacities pledged to join in the campaign to follow the money and also ensure that the rehabilitation and construction work going on was supervised squarely. Mrs Mary Garba, the school Head Teacher showed her appreciation and promised to work with FTM Team to ensure the success of the project. She said when the project is completed it will create a good and conducive learning environment.

 

District Head Commits To Supervise the Project 

Discussion with Dagaci Babba of Unguwar Rana

25 October 2017: Mr Saidu Mai Kasuwa; the Dagaci Babba (District Head) of Unguwar Rana shared with the FTM Team his great interest in the project. He said the school first classroom was built by himself and a friend and he would like to see the progress of the school. He further reiterated the obvious challenges of the school which includes lack of security, portable drinking water and an accessible road to the school.

He promised to continue his regular visits to the school to inspect the work done and progress made on the project.

 

 

Construction Project is at Foundation Stage

25 October 2017: The pace of the work is too slow, as the SUBEB Technical Officer stated that the contractor was mobilized to the site since August and the span of the project is stated to be 20 weeks. Based on our observations most of the work is at the foundation stage.

 

Community Unaware of the Project

25 October 2017: It was observed that the SMT did not do so well in sensitizing the people of the community before our outreach. The community leader, as well as members of the community, did not know about the project or about FTM.