Kano Lawmaker, UBEC construct two classroom blocks for N100 million

Mr. Abdullahi Gaya, a Lawmaker from Kano state and the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) have constructed two classroom blocks for N100 million as a constituency project.

The project located at Rimin Dagaci Primary School in Gaya Local Government Area of Kano State was awarded to Jessean Global Concept, under the supervision of UBEC Department of Physical Planning.

Gaya in 2020, using the UBEC, nominated the construction of two blocks of classrooms with furniture in Gaya/Ajingi/Albasu federal  Constituency in Kano state.

A project the federal government had allocated the sum of N100 million.

Tracka, a public accountability organization that visited the project site at Rimin Dagaci Primary school says it was poorly constructed.

Checks by MAWA FOUNDATION show that the Kano Lawmaker and UBEC may have shortchanged the people. Mr. Dakatar Abdul, a civil engineer who said he had built schools in Kano, said that amount is enough to build and equip 10 classrooms at N10 million each and that includes labour and consultancy fees.

Worse still, the Kano lawmaker and UBEC say a block of two classrooms costs N100 million.

Constituency projects are nominated by the lawmakers for the needs of their constituents and recommend same to the executive during budgeting; this will help to improve the living condition of the people in their constituents through building local infrastructures.

However, Nigerian experience has shown that Lawmakers do not execute constituency projects as they appear in the national budget, and getting them to account for monies approved for such intervention is always difficult.

And, often, community residents are not aware such monies have been given to their representatives, and that makes accountability very difficult.

MAWA Foundation could not immediately reach out to the Kano lawmaker and UBEC for a response.

 

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