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FCTA agencies' budgets now to be tied to specific projects - Adesola

Mar, 2021 | By Nkechi isa | ||

Henceforth, all budgetary provisions by Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) will be tied to sector-planned documents of FCTA's various Secretariats, Departments and Agencies (SDAs) of the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA). The Permanent Secretary, Mr. Olusade Adesola announced the fresh policy direction at the presentation of the draft FCT Strategic Education Sector Plan (SESP) in Abuja last week.

Represented by Director, Policy and Operations, Office of the Permanent Secretary, Mr. Sam Atang, the Permanent Secretary stated that in the course of implementation of the 2020 budget, it was discovered that most of the projects were not tied to the needs of SDAs. According to him, only two out of 54 SDAs had strategic plans. He named the two secretariats as Education and Health and Human services Secretariat. The Permanent Secretary, who said that the lack of a strategic plan by SDAs has become a source of concern for the Administration urged the various sectoral agencies to come up with strategic work plans to guide every programme, action and plan of the Administration.

Earlier, in a welcome address, Director, FCT Education Secretariat's Department of Policy, Planning, Research and Statistics (DPPPR&S), Dr. Mohammed Sani Ladan, said the Secretariat with technical support from UNICEF developed a 10-year sector plan in 2010 which was implemented from 2010-2020. Dr Ladan added: ''The process of developing another plan for 2021-2030 by the Education Secretariat supported by the FCTA began in November,2020 with the conduct of situation analysis covering every aspect of education such as access and equity, quality and relevance, teaching and learning, management and efficiency, the policy environment as well as funding and resourcing.

"Major and component challenges of sector were identified and policy objectives aimed at addressing the challenges were also formulated by members of the education sector planning technical team who have been trained over the years through UNICEF support." Dr Ladan further stated that the meeting was aimed at presenting to stakeholders for their input the draft document which contains situation analysis, major and component challenges identified as well as policy objectives and strategic interventions proposed for addressing the challenges.

The Etsu Kwali, Dr. Shaban Audu Nizazo III, drew the attention of participants to challenges in the education sector such as kidnapping of school children, insurgency, rape and those he described as unqualified teaching staff. The royal father lamented that most schools in Kwali were located in the heavily forested areas leading a lot of teachers to reject postings to the area. He also informed that schools built in the bushes for nomadic education had been abandoned by the Fulanis and was now been used as hideouts for criminal activities. Acting President, All Nigeria Conference of Principals of Private Schools (ANCOPS), FCT chapter, Fatima Mohammed said the association was optimistic that the draft bill would open closed doors towards ensuring qualitative education in the territory.

Presenting the draft SESP document, an official of DPPPR&S, Mrs. Sylvia Yissa said three key issues of access, quality, and system planning remained a major challenge to education in FCT. She said the technical team came up with policy objectives for each thematic area including the need for adequate and consistent funding, improving FCT education budget performance, expanding the scope of resource mobilization and improving transparency and accountability in the management of education at all levels.

Meanwhile, on the sidelines of the draft presentation, Mr. Atang reacted to some of the issues raised by stakeholders at the event. Fielding questions from journalists, he disclosed that FCTA was working with SDAs to develop work plans tied around the Next Level mandate of the APC government, disclosing that FCTA was doing a lot to weed out quacks from SDAs.

On the issue of quality infrastructure, Mr. Atang said the construction of schools would be reviewed to accommodate students with special needs amid the security needs of our present reality. On the abandoned nomadic schools, he added that the issue would be addressed within one week. The draft FCT SESP has already been forwarded to the FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello, the Minister of State, Dr Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, as well as Mr. Adesola for their inputs.

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