Kaduna to spend N8.6bn on basic education projects

Nasir El-Rufai, Kaduna State Governor

The Kaduna State Universal Basic Education Board (Kaduna SUBEB) will soon award contracts for the execution of 231 projects worth N8.6 billion.

The Executive Chairman, Mr Tijjani Abdullahi, made this known on Wednesday when he received officials of the Connected Development (CODE), an NGO, in his office in Kaduna.

He said that the projects would be implemented under the 2017, 2018 and 2019 Universal Basic Education (UBE) interventions projects.

“We are in the process of awarding the contracts for the advertised 231 jobs, following the satisfactory bidding process by good companies that we are considering for the contracts.

“We hope to commence the implementation of the projects before the rainy season once we conclude the award process,” he said.

Abdullahi said that an official of the Universal Basic Education Commission was heading the board’s procurement unit to ensure a seamless process.

He said that the measure was necessary to prevent the recurrence of the experience of 2015 and 2016 where some of the contractors did not deliver.

On women participation in the board’s COVID-19 response, Abdullahi said that about 50 per cent of the board’s officials are women.

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“In fact, our human resource is being managed by a woman, who is one of the permanent members of the board,” he said.

Earlier, CODE Senior Programme Manager, Mrs Lucy Abagi, said that they were in the chairman’s office to find out the level of women involvement in the board’s COVID-19 response.

Abagi said that CODE had secured the UN Women support to document roles played by women in the state’s COVID-19 response under its Strengthening State Capacities and Women’s Participation in COVID-19 Response project.

She said that the NGO would amplify the key roles being played by women in the state for other states to emulate and increase women participation in decision-making processes.

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