Young Changemakers under Bounce Corruption have commenced monitoring of government projects in their communities to ensure budget impacts positively on the citizens. Having been trained on social audit, budget tracking and implementation, a cohort of young people under Kaduna Youth and Community Development Volunteers (Kaycdev) have written to the Chairman of the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) and Chairman of Kaduna South Local Government Area about the poor state of some Local Education Authority Primary schools in Sabon Gari.
Kaycdev in partnership with Enhancing Communities Action for Peace and better health initiative (E-caph) lamented that the LEA school which served the community lacked furniture as pupils sit on the floor to learn. They also revealed that the school has leaking roofs and dirty environment which exposes pupils to environmental hazard.
In the letter sent to SUBEB the group consisting of young people in the community decried the state of the school calling for authorities to give it immediate attention. “If the contract has been awarded to whom and how much was awarded for the contract and when is the contractor intending to kick off with the project”, the group quizzes.
The Young cohort trained under Yiaga Africa’s Bounce Corruption project have also held a meeting with traditional leaders, religious leaders and youth groups in the community concerning the worrying situation of the schools. They have also escalated the situation on radio, calling on government at that level to provide a solution to the poor state of the schools. So far, as a way of feedback a Director at UBEC office Abuja, Alhaji Hassan, has visited the school to ascertain true situation of things for possible response to the situation.
Similarly, another group, Positive Youth Transformative Initiative in Yola North LGA Adamawa state have quizzed the budget of the local government saying it was designed in such a way that tracking and monitoring is difficult. This according to the initiative does not comply with International Public Sector Accounting Standards which is the acceptable practice of budgeting globally.
The team mainly consisting of young people subsequently met with the Director of Budget in Ministry of Finance and Budget, Mr. Barry A. Shaida to discuss on how to start the implementation of International Public Sector Accounting Standards across the all 21 LGAs of Adamawa State. After the meeting, the Director asked for the duration of 4 weeks to enable him consult with his colleagues and subsequent action.
As part of effort to expand the scope of citizens demanding accountability, Kaduna Youth and Community Development Volunteers (Kaycdev) in partnership with Enhancing Communities Action for Peace and better health initiative (e-caph) conducted a step down training for Civil Society Organisations, traditonal and religious heads amongst other groups in Kaduna state. Groups like Network for Community Advancement Empowerment (NCAE) and Ultimate Youth Forum of Ibaji of Kogi state have also conducted step down training for citizens.