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Procurement Monitor Newsletter September 3, 2015

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PPDC procurement monitor Bulletin



Knowledge will forever govern ignorance and the people who mean to be their own governance must arm themselves with the power which knowledge provides  …….James Madison
 
UBEC provides partial list of FG Constructed Almajiri Schools


 
Following an FOI request dated 26th June, 2015 and several follow up calls, the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) has provided monitors with a list of 117 Almajiri Schools being constructed by the Federal Government.

However the number of schools listed is at variance with the number presented by the then Honorable Minister of Education, Chief (Barr) Ezenwo Nyesom Wike to the Federal Executive Council of Ministers (FEC). According to the minister, the Federal Government planned to construct 124 Almajiri Schools; 85 of which had been constructed while 39 were still under construction (view presentation here)

Given the disparity in the figures provided by the UBEC and those provided by the Minister of Education, it is not clear if the Federal Government made provision for 124 schools or 117 schools. We also discovered that the Gwagwalada Almajiri School which the procurement monitors visited in May 2015 was not indicated on the list provided by UBEC.

UBEC also provided award notification letters for 15 of the Almajiri Schools being constructed.

Based on these findings, procurement monitors have written back to UBEC, drawing their attention to the inconsistency between the number of schools stated in the presentation by the then minister and the list provided, as well as the ommission of the school in Gwagwalada.

We also requested for a comprehensive list of the FG Almajiri Schools indicating the cost and exact location of each of the schools which they responded to explaining that the award letters do not contain the exact location of the schools because the schools sites are located after the project has been allocated to the contractor, which is carried out on a state by state basis.

In view of this, the procurement monitors would be reaching out to the State Education Board in each of the states for the exact location of the Almajiri Schools.

The list of the Almajiri Schools provided is available HERE

If any one has any information on the location of the FG Commissioned Almajiri Schools, kindly contact us via ppdc@procuremonitor.org

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