President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has mentioned on Thursday, that the Secure Faculty Initiative programme in Nigeria was designed to fail.
Lawan spoke at an investigative listening to by the Senate joint committee on schooling (Primary & Secondary) and Tertiary Establishments and TETFUND on the utilisation of the funding proposed and budgeted for the Secure Colleges Initiative, together with monies, helps and donations obtained from overseas authorities and businesses.
The Senate President made the remarks in a response to the submissions by the Everlasting Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Schooling, Arch. Sonny Echono that his ministry performed no function within the funding or utility of funds meant for the programme.
Echono mentioned the Federal Ministry of Finance had the management of the funding of the programme to the exclusion of the Schooling ministry.
The Senate President who declared open the investigative listening to mentioned that association which didn’t issue within the function of the Ministry of Schooling was not ok.
Lawan mentioned: “This programme, Secure Faculty Initiative was designed to fail. What’s the which means of the Ministry of Finance dealing with this. It was unnecessarily managed by the Ministry of Finance.
“Ordinarily, I might have thought that the Nationwide Council on Schooling the place the Federal Ministry of Schooling and all of the States Ministry of Schooling, would provide you with a Nationwide Coverage and Technique for Secure Faculty Initiative.
“Somewhat than Federal Ministry of Finance controlling it, Ministry of Finance is simply to offer fund, appropriated or donated.
“So this programme was designed to fail….And this is the reason we’re the place we’re as we speak.
“I consider on the finish of the day, we should always take a look at the potential of taking that programme from the Ministry of Finance and domicile it the place it rightly belongs. That’s the Ministry of Schooling.”
The Senate President additionally felt disillusioned that the beneficiaries of the programme didn’t flip up for the listening to.
“I used to be considering that these faculties that benefitted from this Initiative ought to have been right here as a result of they’re supposed to offer testimony to what their faculties received. However they aren’t right here.
“If somebody comes from Finance ministry now and tells us that is what they did, if we can’t corroborate that from these beneficiaries, our work will nonetheless be half accomplished.
“I consider the Federal Ministry of Schooling ought to lead this initiative. So, in all probability the joint committee ought to look into the implementation whether or not it ought to stay within the Ministry of Finance or the Ministry of Schooling must be answerable for that.
“I do consider that there must be a Nationwide Secure Faculty Initiative committee that ought to convey collectively the Ministry of Schooling, related safety businesses and so forth.
“Till we’ve a nationwide technique and coverage, pushed by a committee that’s given the duty, we can’t obtain something,” Lawan mentioned.
The Senate President mentioned the investigation was to not search for fault “as a result of it’s not solely restricted and restricted as to if somebody is just not making use of all of the funds but in addition to learn the way the funds have been utilized.”
Earlier, the Chairman of the joint committee, Senator Ibrahim Gaidam mentioned the essence of the investigative listening to was to obtain factual submissions, inputs and insights on the implementation of the initiative from invited stakeholders.
Gaidam recalled that the Secure Faculty Initiative was launched in 2014 through the World Financial Discussion board on Africa (WEFA) by the Nigerian authorities in collaboration with the United Nations as a way to rebuild, rehabilitate and restore normalcy within the schooling sector.
The initiative, he mentioned, was to be carried out then in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe States, expanded to different northern states and to cowl all the nation as a Nationwide Initiative.
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