Despite the provision of N74 million counter-part funding, primary pupils in Abadawa community in Kaduna state sit on the floor to learn, WEST AFRICA REPORTERS (WAR) can report.
TRACKA team who visited the community found that primary school pupils in the community sit on the floor to learn. This is even as the school has N74 million counter-part funding to be expended in building the primary school.
A senior staff of the school told TRACKA team that they are finding it very difficult to engage the state government to provide details of how the N74 million fund for the school was expended.
An insider source told WEST AFRICA REPORTERS (WAR) that the money was a contribution of state and federal government using Kaduna State Universal Basic Education (SUBEB) as a cover. He explained that the state often arranges with SUBEB to access counter-part funding, a deal the state government takes the money and never expend it for the intended purpose.
Although we are finding it difficult to have an audience with the state governor, Nasir El-Rufai, we will engage Mr. Yakubu Sauri, the technical adviser to the Governor to make available to the community how the money given for the primary school was utilized.
A senior staff of the school told TRACKA team how some kids are sent back home whenever it rains because there are no classrooms for them and the only alternative is sitting on the floor. He explained that the Parent Teachers Association (PTA) in 2013 made attempt to build classrooms for the pupils, and could not complete the building as a result of lack of funds. The building has since collapsed because it was exposed to the rain, he said.
Abadawa community has a population of over 7000 inhabitants.
When the community sought the explanation of the technical adviser to the Kaduna state governor, Yakubu Sauri, he promised to assist in providing updates on the project.
When contacted, Mr. Sauri said, he has instructed the contractors to return back to the site, but they refused, although he did not give the reason why they turned down his order.
Mr. Sauri claims the contractor promised to commence the construction of the school by 7th of September this year, a head teacher, told TRACKA team.
The government did not abandon the project, but lacks the manpower to carry out the projects with others at the same time, work will be commenced in the site soon, he assured the community.