THE Federal Government on Thursday warned that it would no longer condone any form of irregularities in the implementation of Sustainable Development Goals projects in the country. The government premised its decision on the current economic recession, which demands judicious use of available resources.
The Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, stated this in Abuja, during a presentation at a task team implementation meeting on SDGs. At the event, Programme Coordinator of SDGs in the Ministry of Education, Hajia Khadijat Liman, said the Federal Government spent N150.8bn on various education projects across the country under the Millennium Development Goals between 2006 and 2015.
She listed the various interventions on education under the MDGs, which transited to SDGs in December 2015, to include training of teachers, release of N1bn to tackle mass illiteracy, construction of toilets/boreholes in unity schools, among others.
According to Adamu, the meeting was convened to review the implementation of SDGs in line with identified objectives. He said, “Consequently, all projects executed by the Federal Ministry of Education will henceforth be subjected to rigorous monitoring at different stages.
“Experience has shown that weak and improper implementation has mainly been due to lack of discipline, non adherence to procurement processes and poor execution of projects. There were cases where officials knew what to do but refused to take action because of personal interests. There were cases where this was due to lack of experience or lack of capacity.”
Speaking further, the minister said the SDGs interventions in unity schools were geared towards addressing infrastructure decay, saying that such interventions should be by way of provision of VIP toilets, bathrooms, piping of water to hostels, among others.
The SDGs Secretary of Programmes, Waziri Laminu, who represented the Senior Special Assistant to the President on SDGs, said the meeting was timely as the nation commenced the implementation of the programme which would end in 2030. – Punch
— Sep 22, 2016 @ 18:30 GMT