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”. Click here for video.
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. According to the women leader, “I’m not aware of any government intervention on the construction and rehabilitation of the school in our community, if yes, I call on them to please do it as soon as possible so that our children can have more classes, benches, and even toilets so that they will like to go to school”. Watch here.
Project implementation to commence soon
19/09/2018: During our campaign meeting with HOD Works Sumaila 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.
Media engagement for community members
14/10/2018: Follow The Money community champion goes to speak on Aminci Radio about the #ConstructBitai-Filani campaign while engaging the community members. Listen here.
Townhall meeting for all stakeholders
19/11/2018: Kano State Follow The Money organised a town hall meeting bringing all the stakeholders concerned with the implementation of the school project to discuss issues relating to the project. In attendance were: representative of the Local Government, Headmaster Magami Primary, SBMC Chairman, PTA Chairman, Teachers, Village Head, Youths, Women and media. Read the full report here.
Local Government Representative declines to make a comment
19/11/2018: The representative from the implementing Local Government, Muhammad Sabo Sale attended the town hall meeting briefly and left suddenly without making a comment.