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Investigation: How Yakubu Dogara, UBEC Squandered N1 Billion Model School Projects




Three years in the past, the Common Primary Training Fee launched the sum of N97 million to a few firms for the development and rehabilitation of school rooms within the federal constituency represented by Yakubu Dogara in Bauchi State. 

The cash was a part of a N1 billion consistency venture of the previous speaker of the Home of Representatives who at present represents the realm on the Nationwide Meeting.

Quickfix Property Restricted, Delta Power restricted and Maridiq Nigeria Restricted acquired the cash for the development and rehabilitation of colleges within the space, in line with Budeshi, an open contracting platform.

On the Authorities Day Technical Faculty in Tafawa-Balewa, no single venture has been executed regardless of the college being listed as one of many beneficiaries of the intervention venture.

Mr Jatau Daniel, principal of the technical faculty advised WikkiTimes that the college had been uncared for for years, including that he was not conscious that it was billed to obtain such intervention.  

However it’s not solely the Authorities Day Technical Faculty in Tafawa-Balewa whose school rooms renovation and building are up within the air regardless of cash being launched by UBEC. Investigations by WikkiTimes present that different faculties that have been listed as beneficiaries both received shoddy building or none.   

Inbuilt 1978, the Authorities Day Technical Faculty Tafawa-Balewa is the one technical faculty in Dogara’s constituency, however the faculty has deteriorated, leaving greater than 1400 college students in a poor studying surroundings with out fundamental facilities.

The principal mentioned the final constructing within the faculty was constructed about 20 years in the past and renovation has been finished via the contributions of the Mother and father Academics’ Affiliation (PTA).

“I’ve had the privilege of assembly with Hon. Yakubu Dogara final 12 months,” Mr Daniel mentioned. “I tabled all of the challenges confronted within the faculty and the way the college is on the verge of complete collapse. After receiving my proposal, we’ve not gotten any response from him until date after telling me he’ll get again to us.”

Inside the college, cracks seem in-between the partitions, inviting reptiles and bugs into the lecture rooms. 

“See how unhealthy the college seems to be,” mentioned exasperated Mr Emmanuel Barau, head of sciences laboratory within the faculty.

College students endure the neglect. At Samuel Alheri’s classroom, the ceiling is about to collapse. The home windows and flooring of the lecture rooms are all damaged. The scholars sit 4 per chair with some lapping one another. “The chairs are usually not sufficient to accommodate all of us,” Alheri mentioned.

“All through final time period, we couldn’t have physics class as a result of we don’t have a physics trainer,” Alheri advised WikkiTimes.

“I’m within the laptop science division. I solely go to the lab with different college students the place we simply sit for some time after which return again to our lessons,” mentioned Idi Miyaki, Alheri’s classmate.

“We don’t have a pc science trainer,” Miyaki continued. “No mild or generator to even energy the few computer systems, I don’t know something about laptop. I’m simply right here losing my time. As quickly as we shut, I simply rush to the farm the place I could make significant use of my time.”

One other faculty within the space, Central Major Faculty was listed as a beneficiary within the zonal intervention venture by UBEC, however just like the technical faculty, no building was ever carried out regardless of cash being launched to the contractor.

In 2018, a contract for the development of a block of three school rooms was awarded to Maridiq Nigeria Ltd, the identical firm that additionally received a contract for that of the technical faculty. It was awarded at N19 million.

The newest block of two school rooms within the faculty was inbuilt 2016 which was finished beneath the Sustainable Improvement Targets’ intervention venture.

“Have a look at all of the roofs falling aside with so many school rooms, not in use,” Mary Maikomo, a local of Tafawa Balewa city, identified.  “They’re so dilapidated and never liveable for studying”, she added.

Mr Emmanuel Iliya, youth chief of Zaar Youth Improvement Affiliation, ZAYODA advised WikkiTimes that kids within the space deserve a greater faculty and high quality studying to safe their future.

“You possibly can see the pitiable state of the college,” Iliya mentioned. “It’s on the mercy of God. This can be a faculty that has graduated plenty of outstanding folks on this nation, and the college in its unhealthy look has misplaced its whole legacy.”

Nevertheless, at Nahuta Major Faculty in Tafawa-Balewa, one other beneficiary of the zonal intervention venture, the contract was executed however was incomplete. A block of three school rooms was constructed however the provide of instructing supplies and furnishings was omitted.

The block was constructed inside three months, in line with Mr Amos Bature, the top trainer on the faculty. It was rapidly and poorly finished with the doorways and home windows trying out of practice.

The contract was awarded to Quickfix Property Restricted for N19 million failed to produce classroom furnishings and instructing supplies as contained within the contract.

“I simply want Hon. Yakubu Dogara will come and see for himself after which inform the general public how proud he’s of the college,” Mr Bature mentioned. “Major faculties are supposed to provide a basis to kids particularly these ones in rural communities. These kids must endure what their counterparts in city cities take pleasure in.”

Shoddy And Incomplete Tasks

At Authorities Junior Secondary Faculty positioned on the roadside, just a few metres away from Bogoro important city, a three-classroom block has been constructed by Quickfix Property Restricted however with out instructing aids and furnishings as spelt out within the contract.

“Being in a rural neighborhood, we typically use the cash paid by the coed as PTA levy to purchase attendance booklets and even among the textbooks we use within the faculty,” mentioned Mrs. Bilhatu Daniel, principal of the college. 

“We have been solely given 80 items of 40 leaves train books in a college of 398 college students,” Mrs Daniel continued. “My ache isn’t just as a trainer or the principal of the college, however as a mom, seeing kids with brighter future in such a multitude with little or no hope of getting the perfect fundamental training they want at this age and time.”

QuickFix Property Restricted additionally constructed a three-classroom block at Higher Primary Major Faculty in Shall Gwartar, the one benefiting faculty in Dass Native Authorities Space.

However the constructing which was constructed final 12 months is already falling aside with its basis uncovered and the partitions already tearing into totally different components, simply as the ground within the lessons already damaged, leaving the newly erected lessons in a wretched state.

The construction was erected within the first quarter of 2020, shortly earlier than the COVID-19 lockdown. It was awarded at N19 million.

Ya’u Yusuf, the PTA Chairman of Higher Primary Secondary Faculty, Shall Gwartar and Yusuf Gambo, a volunteer guard advised WikkiTimes that the development was finished in two months, and it began collapsing instantly after the erection. 

“The contractor was utilizing substandard supplies. We noticed it for ourselves,” they mentioned.

“I personally stopped them, and so they went to inform the Honorable himself,” Yusuf mentioned.  “After some days, they returned again to proceed their work with the identical supplies and at this level, I needed to enable them.”

Yusuf described the constructing as a demise entice to college students, including that they feared that the constructing would lastly collapse at any time.

“There has by no means been a time when leaders are so grasping and egocentric as now,” Yusuf mentioned. “They’ll eat up every thing allotted to a rural neighborhood with none worry or conscience.”

Haruna Danladi, village head of Shall Gwantar, couldn’t cover his disappointment when describing to WikkiTimes how college students sit on naked flooring to be taught.  

“We’ve no possibility,” he mentioned.  “We solely settle for what they offer to us regardless of how unhealthy or good it seems to be. The award of a contract by the federal government is normally for their very own revenue not for the advantage of the neighborhood. If not, high quality and sturdy supplies would have been utilized in a college.

“Once they come to hold out the venture, they by no means search our recommendation. They only start work and so we simply sit aloof and watch them.”

The principal of the college, Mr. Sulaiman Yunusa who shared his expertise with WikkiTimes defined how lecturers wrestle to take care of the college with zero assist regardless of hefty allocations that include the intervention venture.

 “We by no means acquired any e-book or instructing supplies from anybody,” he mentioned.  

Gwarangah, Dogara’s Dwelling City additionally uncared for

Outsiders would assume that the hometown of a former speaker of the Home of Consultant who has been within the Home for over 17 years would have fundamental facilities like good roads, fixed energy provide, pipe-born water, and commonplace faculties in addition to main healthcare services.

However it’s the reverse. The racketeering within the execution of the college initiatives in different communities didn’t additionally spare Gwarangah, his village. Compared to different faculties in Bogoro, Dass, and Tafawa-Balewa the place the 2018 initiatives have been both not carried out or poorly executed, a block of three school rooms was constructed by Delta Power Ltd.

“I’m Dogara’s Uncle and the principal of this faculty, in addition to the NUT chairman of the native authorities,” mentioned Mr Gideon Gambo, who mentioned that the brand new constructing belongs to the first faculty which share premises with the secondary.

“Right here in Gwarangah Junior Secondary faculty, because the principal, I’ve to purchase chalk which we use as a result of from SUBEB they solely give us one carton of chalk for the entire time period. How do you count on us to make use of only one carton in a time period?  So, we resort to taking cash from the PTA levy which the scholars pay terminally to purchase chalk which we use in our lessons.

“Think about college students getting ready for junior WAEC and different exams, no library and no textbooks. At what level is the federal government supposed to return in and assist these kids. In the entire of this neighborhood, no single ICT centre and that is the neighborhood which produced the quantity 4 citizen on this nation.”

The purported ICT centre in the neighborhood has been transformed to an APC warehouse utilized by Dogara.  The constructing which has an APC brand, the political social gathering of Dogara, is behind his home.  

A peep into Dogara’s home exhibits a number of undistributed stashed tricycles. Members of the neighborhood advised WikkiTimes that the books meant to be distributed to the faculties within the space had been stashed inside Dogara’s home as nicely.

Contractors Function within the Shadow

The contractors that executed the N1 billion Dogara Fashions Faculties venture largely function within the shadow as no hint of their workplaces in both Bauchi, the seat of presidency or at Dogara’s constituency.

Search carried out by WikkiTimes on Company Affairs Fee’s web site exhibits that the three firms that have been awarded the contracts –  Quickfix Property Restricted, Delta Power Engineering Restricted and Maridiq Nigeria Restricted have been all integrated. Additional efforts to substantiate the businesses’ profiles and different essential data via the paid service, was not profitable as the businesses solely have bodily addresses in Abuja. However there are not any emails or cellphone numbers. The businesses do not need useful web sites nor any lively social media accounts for public engagement.

Professional Faults Venture, Declare Quantity, Inflated      

An knowledgeable in amount survey and lecturer on the Division of Amount Survey who doubles because the Present ASUU Chairman, Abubakar Tafawa Balewa College, Bauchi, (ATBU) argued that the images proven to him by WikkiTimes purportedly constructed at N19 million have been extremely inflated.

“With these photos, you have got simply proven me, contemplating a budget labour and already obtainable land to hold out the venture, the quantity mentioned to be spent on this venture is shoddy and questionable,” Dr Inuwa Ibrahim.

“N19 million solely is some huge cash, and for a construction mentioned to be erected in 2018 of such requirements, such quantity is sufficient to give us round three to 4 of such blocks of three school rooms of which there was no fencing and different refined gear wanted,” he mentioned.

A proprietor of one of many greatest secondary faculties in Bauchi, who doesn’t need her title talked about, corroborates Dr Inuwa relating to the inflated value of the Dogara’s mannequin faculties.

She mentioned N19 million will allow her erect one other non-public faculty.

“If given N19 million I can comfortably open one other department and erect like six to seven school rooms of a superb commonplace as a result of I have already got the land. 

“I might not be so specific to let you know the precise value of my faculty and the upkeep, however it’s my pleasure to let that N19 million will give me a brand new part and a few change (further cash) to pay salaries of my workers for some months.”

She mentioned N19 million “is some huge cash which can be utilized to construct a typical faculty with ultra-modern science gear that may be in comparison with some faculties in some larger faculties.”

Dogara, UBEC, Ignore Interview, FOI Request

A freedom of data request despatched to the official e mail tackle of the Common Primary Training Fee, UBEC by WikkiTimes requesting the fee’s response on its findings weren’t responded to days after it was despatched. WikkiTimes additionally contacted the spokesperson of the fee Mr David Apeh requesting an official response relating to the fee’s shoddy execution of Dogara’s initiatives. Mr David requested the reporter to ship an official e mail requesting feedback, however days after the reporter despatched the e-mail, it fell on deaf ears, simply as repeated calls to remind him in regards to the earlier correspondences was equally ignored.

A number of calls and textual content messages to Yakubu Dogara and his spokesman Turaki Hassan weren’t replied.

Dr Aliyu Tilde, a former Bauchi Training commissioner who was contacted earlier than he was sacked by his principal, Governor Bala Mohammed additionally declined to reply questions in regards to the initiatives. As an alternative, he referred WikkiTimes to State Common Primary Training (SUBEB).

“I don’t deal with training initiatives in LGAs. Please contact the State Common Primary Training for any clarifications,” mentioned Tilde in a textual content message.

Then SUBEB directed WikkiTimes to talk with its director of planning, Dr. Aliyu Abdulrashed who mentioned UBEC could be most applicable in answering the questions regarding the initiatives.  

“We’re solely the beneficiary,” he mentioned. “We’re not the supervising physique or the awardees of the contract, and so in the event you want any details about the venture, it’s best to attain out to the Common Primary Training Fee.”


This story was produced in partnership with Civic Media Lab beneath its Grassroots Information Venture with assist from the Nationwide Endowment for Democracy.

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