Plans are afoot by the Kaduna State Universal Basic Education Board (Kaduna SUBEB) to award contracts for the execution of 231 projects worth N8.6 billion in the state.
According to the Executive Chairman of Kaduna SUBEB, Mr Tijjani Abdullahi, the projects would be implemented under the 2017, 2018 and 2019 Universal Basic Education (UBE) interventions projects.
Abdullahi who spoke recently in Kaduna during the courtesy visit of officials of a Non-Governmental Organization, Connected Development (CODE), to his office in Kaduna, said further that competent companies have bided for the projects through a satisfactory process.
“We are in the process of awarding the contracts for the advertised 231 projects following the satisfactory bidding process by good companies that we are considering for the contracts.
“We hope to commence the implementation of the projects before the rainy season once we concluded the award process,” the Kaduna SUBEB boss added.
Abdullahi said that an official of the Universal Basic Education Commission was heading the board’s procurement unit to ensure a seamless process. He said that the measure was necessary to prevent the recurrence of the experience of 2015 and 2016 where some of the contractors did not deliver. On women participation in the board’s COVID-19 response, Abdullahi said that about 50 per cent of the board’s officials are women.
“In fact, our human resource is being managed by a woman, who is one of the permanent members of the board,” he said.
Earlier, CODE Senior Programme Manager, Mrs. Lucy Abagi, said that they were in the chairman’s office to find out the level of women involvement in the board’s COVID-19 response.
Abagi said that CODE had secured the UN Women support to document roles played by women in the state’s COVID-19 response under its Strengthening State Capacities and Women’s Participation in COVID-19 Response project.
She said that the NGO would amplify the key roles being played by women in the state for other states to emulate and increase women participation in decision making processes. (NAN)