We, the undersigned members of the Northeast Education and Social Accountability Cluster have welcomed the recent move by the Northern Governors Forum in partnering with the Islamic Development Bank to address the turbulent developmental challenges facing the Northern part of Nigeria. Â Â The move is a clear indication of the forum`s effort in searching for all possible ways to transform the region amid the critical economic situation of the country.
While we are aware that the aim of the partnership is for the development of the whole Northern Nigeria, we wish to appeal to the forum on the need to concentrate more on the Northeastern Nigeria because of its peculiar developmental needs caused by the Boko Haram insurgency. Even in the Northeast it is obvious that the sector that requires immediate attention is education. Schools have been destroyed as a result of which many children are out of school. Therefore, it will be good if rebuilding schools features top in the agenda of the forum. Also recruitment, training, retraining and motivation of teachers need to be given consideration. Â
In view of the above demand, we call on the Governors of the States in the Northeast to provide a reliable documentation of the destroyed schools. This should include name and location of the Â Â schools, the extent of destruction, etc so that non-state actors can track the channeling of the funds meant for the schools reconstruction effort.
We also wish to point out that while money is needed, it is important that Governors are transparently prudent in the use and management of state funds. We urge them to be consultative in making their decisions on the reconstruction agenda by engaging communities and other stakeholders as well work with civil society organizations to allow for transparent tracking of the use of these funds.
Meanwhile, we call on the National Assembly to ensure a speedy passage of the Northeast Development Commission Bill that is before it, as it will serve as an instrument for coordinating all different interventions aimed at transforming the Northeastern Nigeria.
- Kabiru Sa`idu Dakata, Centre for Information Technology and Development (CITAD), Kano. 08064891110
- Mohammed G. Wuyo, Borno Coalition for Democracy and Progress (BOCODEP), Borno. 08063309633
- Enoch Raymond, Centre for Environmental Education and Development (CEED), Taraba. 07065550217
- Rebecca Hassan, Association of People Living with Disability, Gombe. 08036582745
- Aishatu Margima, Women and Youth Empowerment for Advancement and Health Initiative (WYEAHI), Adamawa. 08025225194
- Isah Garba, Bauchi Coalition for Improvement of Public Expenditure Management (BACIPEM), Bauchi. 08064867312
- Halimatu Laminu, Network of Civil Society Organizations, Yobe. 08025561637
- Dauda Mohammad, Northeast Youth Initiative Forum(NEYIF), Â Yobe. 08035548664
- Asma`u Joda, Centre for Women and Adolescent Empowerment, Adamawa. 08032917070
- Ibrahim Yusuf, Society and the Future, Gombe. 08061153231