Bitai-Filani is a nomadic settlement in Sumaila Local Government Area with a population of about 9,200 inhabitants. The closest primary school is Gani Central Primary School 8 Kilometers away. No child has attended any formal school from the nomadic settlement and its environs. The settlement is totally disconnected from Sumaila LGA as there is no sign of any government presence. Nomads that wish to educate their children have to relocate to other communities.    

During its data mining, Follow the Money found out that Sumailla Local Government Council will construct 3 blocks of Nomadic Primary School block, store and office in the settlement (https://bit.ly/2xyiI9o). Follow The Money has activated the tracking of this project to monitor successful implementation by the local government council. We hereby call on the public to join the campaign on www.ifollowthemoney.org.

FOI Request Sent to Sumaila LGA Chairman

26/09/2018: FTM Team sent a Freedom of Information request to Sumaila Local Government Chairman, requesting for project implementation data on the construction of 3 blocks of Nomadic Primary School block, store, and office in Bitai-Filani. Find request here.

FTM team Went on a Community Outreach to Bitai-Filani

Picture of 10-Year old Yeiri Ardo who like other children have never attended any school appealing to Sumaila LGA to #ConstructBitai-Filani #GirlChildEducation

19/09/2018: We traveled to Bitai-Filani nomadic settlement to carry out the community outreach. Find the report here.

We don’t have any school said the Community Chief

19/09/2018: Ardo Buba Jauro who is the Nomadic settlement Chief made a mind-boggling revelation when he said: “None of our children ever attended a formal school due to distance”. Yeri Mumba, a female Nomad added, “I want my daughter to be a nurse but she can’t because we don’t have school”.

We want nomadic business modernized

Picture of community member Gaiyo Damana an elderly nomad

19/09/2018: “It will be a great pride to see my grandchildren attend school to modernize this ancient nomadic business” Gaiyo Damana an elderly nomad said.

Community members not aware of the project

19/09/2018: Before the intervention of FTM, the community members were not aware of the project.

Project implementation to commence soon

19/09/2018: During our campaign meeting with HOD Works Sumalila LGA, Malam Garba Garko assured FTM team that implementation with commencing soon.

Community members call on Sumaila LGC to start implementation of the project

Group picture of FTM Community Champions Aliyu Adamu Hungu and Habib Shariff with Bitai-Filani Community Members

19/09/2018: The entire community of Bitai-Filani appealed to Sumaila Local Government Council to implement the project to enable their children to attend school and have basic education.