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

Three years in the past, the Universal Basic Education Commission launched the sum of N97 million to 3 firms for the development and rehabilitation of lecture 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 House of Representatives who at the moment represents the world on the National Assembly.

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Quickfix Property Limited, Delta Force restricted and Maridiq Nigeria Limited obtained the cash for the development and rehabilitation of colleges within the space, in response to Budeshi, an open contracting platform.

At the Government Day Technical College 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 informed WikkiTimes that the college had been uncared for for years, including that he was not conscious that it was billed to obtain such intervention.  

But it isn’t solely the Government Day Technical College in Tafawa-Balewa whose lecture rooms renovation and building are up within the air regardless of cash being launched by UBEC. Investigations by WikkiTimes present that different colleges that have been listed as beneficiaries both bought shoddy building or none.   

Built in 1978, the Government Day Technical College 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 atmosphere with out fundamental facilities.

The principal stated the final constructing within the faculty was constructed about 20 years in the past and renovation has been executed by means of the contributions of the Parents Teachers’ Association (PTA).

“I have had the privilege of meeting with Hon. Yakubu Dogara last year,” Mr Daniel stated. “I tabled all the challenges faced in the school and how the school is on the verge of total collapse. After receiving my proposal, we have not gotten any response from him till date after telling me he will get back to us.”

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

“See how bad the school looks,” stated exasperated Mr Emmanuel Barau, head of sciences laboratory within the faculty.

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Students undergo 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 college students sit 4 per chair with some lapping one another. “The chairs are not enough to accommodate all of us,” Alheri stated.

“Throughout last term, we could not have physics class because we don’t have a physics teacher,” Alheri informed WikkiTimes.

“I am in the computer science department. I only go to the lab with other students where we just sit for a while and then return back to our classes,” stated Idi Miyaki, Alheri’s classmate.

“We don’t have a computer science teacher,” Miyaki continued. “No light or generator to even power the few computers, I don’t know anything about computer. I am just here wasting my time. As soon as we close, I just rush to the farm where I can make meaningful use of my time.”

Another faculty within the space, Central Primary School 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 lecture rooms was awarded to Maridiq Nigeria Ltd, the identical firm that additionally bought a contract for that of the technical faculty. It was awarded at N19 million.

The most up-to-date block of two lecture rooms within the faculty was inbuilt 2016 which was executed beneath the Sustainable Development Goals’ intervention venture.

“Look at all the roofs falling apart with so many classrooms, not in use,” Mary Maikomo, a local of Tafawa Balewa city, identified.  “They are so dilapidated and not habitable for learning”, she added.

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

“You can see the pitiable state of the school,” Iliya stated. “It’s at the mercy of God. This is a school that has graduated a lot of prominent people in this country, and the school in its bad look has lost its entire legacy.”

However, at Nahuta Primary School in Tafawa-Balewa, one other beneficiary of the zonal intervention venture, the contract was executed however was incomplete. A block of three lecture rooms was constructed however the provide of educating supplies and furnishings was unnoticed.

The block was constructed inside three months, in response to Mr Amos Bature, the top instructor on the faculty. It was rapidly and poorly executed with the doorways and home windows trying off form.

The contract was awarded to Quickfix Property Limited for N19 million failed to provide classroom furnishings and educating supplies as contained within the contract.

“I just wish Hon. Yakubu Dogara will come and see for himself and then tell the public how proud he is of the school,” Mr Bature stated. “Primary schools are supposed to give a foundation to children especially these ones in rural communities. These children have to suffer what their counterparts in urban cities enjoy.”

Shoddy And Incomplete Projects

At Government Junior Secondary School positioned on the roadside, a couple of metres away from Bogoro predominant city, a three-classroom block has been constructed by Quickfix Property Limited however with out educating aids and furnishings as spelt out within the contract.

“Being in a rural community, we sometimes use the money paid by the student as PTA levy to buy attendance booklets and even some of the textbooks we use in the school,” stated Mrs. Bilhatu Daniel, principal of the college. 

“We were only given 80 pieces of 40 leaves exercise books in a school of 398 students,” Mrs Daniel continued. “My pain is not just as a teacher or the principal of the school, but as a mother, seeing children with brighter future in such a mess with little or no hope of getting the best basic education they need at this age and time.”

QuickFix Property Limited additionally constructed a three-classroom block at Upper Basic Primary School in Shall Gwartar, the one benefiting faculty in Dass Local Government Area.

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

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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 Upper Basic Secondary School, Shall Gwartar and Yusuf Gambo, a volunteer guard informed WikkiTimes that the development was executed in two months, and it began collapsing instantly after the erection. 

“The contractor was using substandard materials. We saw it for ourselves,” they stated.

“I personally stopped them, and they went to tell the Honorable himself,” Yusuf stated.  “After some days, they returned back to continue their work with the same materials and at this point, I had to allow them.”

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

“There has never been a time when leaders are so greedy and selfish as now,” Yusuf stated. “They can eat up everything allocated to a rural community without any fear or conscience.”

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

“We have no option,” he stated.  “We only accept what they give to us no matter how bad or good it looks. The award of a contract by the government is usually for their own profit not for the benefit of the community. If not, quality and durable materials would have been used in a school.

“When they come to carry out the project, they never seek our advice. They just begin work and so we just 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 never received any book or teaching materials from anyone,” he stated.  

Gwarangah, Dogara’s Home Town additionally uncared for

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

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

“I am Dogara’s Uncle and the principal of this school, as well as the NUT chairman of the local government,” stated Mr Gideon Gambo, who stated that the brand new constructing belongs to the first faculty which share premises with the secondary.

“Here in Gwarangah Junior Secondary school, as the principal, I have to buy chalk which we use because from SUBEB they only give us one carton of chalk for the whole term. How do you expect us to use just one carton in a term?  So, we resort to taking money from the PTA levy which the students pay terminally to buy chalk which we use in our classes.

“Imagine students preparing for junior WAEC and other exams, no library and no textbooks. At what point is the government supposed to come in and help these children. In the whole of this community, no single ICT centre and this is the community which produced the number four citizen in this country.”

The purported ICT centre locally has been transformed to an APC warehouse utilized by Dogara.  The constructing which has an APC emblem, the political celebration of Dogara, is behind his home.  

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

Contractors Operate within the Shadow

The contractors that executed the N1 billion Dogara Models Schools venture principally 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 Corporate Affairs Commission’s web site reveals that the three firms that have been awarded the contracts –  Quickfix Property Limited, Delta Force Engineering Limited and Maridiq Nigeria Limited have been all included. Further efforts to verify the businesses’ profiles and different needed info by means of the paid service, was not profitable as the businesses solely have bodily addresses in Abuja. But there are not any emails or cellphone numbers. The firms would not have useful web sites nor any energetic social media accounts for public engagement.

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Expert Faults Project, Claim Amount, Inflated      

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

“With these pictures, you have just shown me, considering the cheap labour and already available land to carry out the project, the amount said to be spent on this project is shoddy and questionable,” Dr Inuwa Ibrahim.

“N19 million only is a lot of money, and for a structure said to be erected in 2018 of such standards, such amount is enough to give us around three to four of such blocks of three classrooms of which there was no fencing and other sophisticated equipment needed,” he stated.

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

She stated N19 million will allow her erect one other personal faculty.

“If given N19 million I can comfortably open another branch and erect like six to seven classrooms of a good standard because I already have the land. 

“I may not be so particular to tell you the actual cost of my school and the maintenance, but it is my pleasure to let you know that N19 million will give me a new section and some change (additional money) to pay salaries of my staff for some months.”

She stated N19 million “is a lot of money which can be used to build a standard school with ultra-modern science equipment that can be compared to some schools in some bigger schools.”

Dogara, UBEC, Ignore Interview, FOI Request

A freedom of knowledge request despatched to the official e mail tackle of the Universal Basic Education Commission, 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.

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

Dr Aliyu Tilde, a former Bauchi Education 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. Instead, he referred WikkiTimes to State Universal Basic Education (SUBEB).

“I do not handle education projects in LGAs. Please contact the State Universal Basic Education for any clarifications,” stated Tilde in a textual content message.

Then SUBEB directed WikkiTimes to talk with its director of planning, Dr. Aliyu Abdulrashed who stated UBEC can be most acceptable in answering the questions referring to the initiatives.  

“We are only the beneficiary,” he stated. “We are not the supervising body or the awardees of the contract, and so if you need any information about the project, you should reach out to the Universal Basic Education Commission.”

This story was produced in partnership with Civic Media Lab beneath its Grassroots News Project with assist from the National Endowment for Democracy.

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