How to Reduce Nigeria’s Out-of-School Children: The Success Story of Kebbi’s Maga Primary School

How to Reduce Nigeria’s Out-of-School Children: The Success Story of Kebbi’s Maga Primary School

You can blame the situation on massive poverty, insurgency, parental failure, government’s negligence or whatever factor, Nigeria has the highest number of out-of-school children in the world—10.5 million school-age children roam the streets nationwide. The Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC), a national body overseeing the provision of infrastructure to basic education in the country, even claimed in October 2018 that the number had surged to 13.2 million, according to its National Education Personnel Audit. But this has been disputed in a fact-check by International Center for Investigative Reporting (ICIR). The fact-checking nonetheless, there is no disagreement that Nigeria homes the...

From “Under-tree” to Cottage: How Tracka Revived Kaffe Primary Healthcare Centre

From “Under-tree” to Cottage: How Tracka Revived Kaffe Primary Healthcare Centre

Rural communities rarely get attention in Nigeria, but Kaffe, a small rustic village in Sokoto, Northwest Nigeria, made a blockbuster debut on Twitter when pictures of its only Primary Healthcare Centre trended online for many days. Not some Grammy award trend. Nigerians would be enraged by harrowing pictures of patients – mostly pregnant women – whose hands were hung to tree branches (used as drip stands) with connecting tubes, as they receive treatment under trees, despite N34m government budget for the hospital renovation and supply of equipment, as exposed by Tracka. “Recently in March 2019, a woman in labour was...

This Rural Community in Nigeria is Eager to See Electricity For The First Time in 30 Years

This Rural Community in Nigeria is Eager to See Electricity For The First Time in 30 Years

Za mu gan haske? “We are going to see light?!” a crowd of children, who have lived most of their lives in a power blackout, wanted to be sure if the transformer newly installed in their community is not a Deja Vu. The reason for this doubt is very profound. These are kids born in a rural settlement that has existed in darkness for three decades. Kawu, a remote community in Niger state, Nigeria, is 20-kilometres (approximately 15-minute drive) away from Lapai, the host town of Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University. The rural province is inhabited by some 2,500 people whose...

After 26 Million Naira Allocation in 3 Years, St. Paul Primary School in Sagamu Still Begs For Help

After 26 Million Naira Allocation in 3 Years, St. Paul Primary School in Sagamu Still Begs For Help

An everyday scene in Nigeria, pupils of St. Paul Primary School, a government-owned school in Ijokun community of Sagamu, Ogun State, are battling with the fate to learn under trees despite government’s provision of N26 million to refurbish their classrooms. When Tracka first informed the community about the project, in October 2016, they were highly enthused. This joy would be shattered, later when the project was abandoned. Now, activities of teaching and learning at St. Paul Primary School take place in uncompleted classrooms. “It would have been better if our school was left untouched instead of adding to our predicament...

Tracka Launches “Town Hall Proximity Meetings” Across Nigeria

Tracka Launches “Town Hall Proximity Meetings” Across Nigeria

Expanding the reach of our community engagement activities, Tracka has launched “Proximity Meetings” holding across urban and rural communities in Nigeria. Tracka announced April 16, 2019, on Twitter: From what used to be a Community Sensitization Programm, Tracka is commencing a new series of large TOWNHALL MEETINGS called “Tracka Proximity Meetings”. This upgrade is aimed at bridging the GAP between the GOVERNMENT and the PEOPLE at the GRASSROOTS. Our first outing below! pic.twitter.com/CXPrpdkiTu — Tracka.ng (@TrackaNG) April 16, 2019 In Nigeria, constituency projects are meant to drive national development by addressing the core needs of the public especially those at...

The New 181 Lagos Roads

The New 181 Lagos Roads

At the time of the last visit in February 2019, we tracked a total number of 175 roads across the state. Following is the respective status of the roads: · Completed: 54 · Ongoing: 38 · Undone: 74 · Unspecified Location: 8 It is imperative to note that the breakdown cost of these roads remains unknown to the public. The only token of information in the public space is the gross amount allocated for the project and the part payment made by the state government. As such, it was almost impossible to measure let alone ascertain the budget implementation regarding...

Residents kick as Sen. Shehu Sani secretly reinsert N40m completed Healthcare facility in Rigachikun as constituency project in 2018.

Residents kick as Sen. Shehu Sani secretly reinsert N40m completed Healthcare facility in Rigachikun as constituency project in 2018.

Rigachikun is a community found in Kaduna metropolis,Rigachikun Local Government of Kaduna State surrounded by different villages. The community members are predominantly farmers. It boasts of a brand new healthcare facility. But the irony is that, despite completion, the only primary healthcare facility in the community remains unused by people of the community. The project was completed last year but it remains largely unaccessed by the community. It was nominated by the senator representing Kaduna Central, Shehu Sani, as a constituency project. To ensure the effective and efficient service delivery by the government, tracking and monitoring of these projects have...

HOW LACK OF HEALTH CARE FACILITIES IS LEADING TO DEATHS OF KEBBI COMMUNITY

HOW LACK OF HEALTH CARE FACILITIES IS LEADING TO DEATHS OF KEBBI COMMUNITY

Woe betides any resident of Junju town, in Kebbi state who falls sick or requires medical attention. There is no building in the community that can safely be called a Primary Health Centre. There has been little or no government presence in the community despite a budgetary allocation of twenty million naira to the community towards the construction of a Primary Health Centre. The community which houses about 3000-4000 inhabitants does not have access to standard medical facilities. What happens if an epidemic breaks out in the community? One should laud the residents as in the face of this critical...