Citizen reforms engagement and positive result through PERL
By Usman Gwadabe
The objectives of Partnership to Engage, Reform and Learn (PERL), a subsidiary of DFID, are impacting positively in Kano State as some of the trained citizens have commenced demonstrating what they have learnt in their various communities through engagement of stakeholders to reform and improve people’s standard of living in order to have a progressive society.
The adaptation was done by SERVICOM-Citizen Partnership on Education. The group, through monetary contribution between their members and some officials of Kano PERL office, taxed themselves and used the money to produce chalk and distribute same to some schools in the state as part of social responsibility for uplifting education.
Also, the group, through the Village Head of Gama, Alhaji Rabiu Muhammad Isyaku had raised a fund to the tune of N1.4 million which was utilized to renovate some schools in the domain.
These revaluations came during a one-day workshop organised by Kano PERL office on ‘Lesson and Experience Sharing Session Between SERVICOM – Citizen Partnership on Education and Government – Citizen Partnership on Agriculture held at a hotel in Kano recently.
Dozens of the two group members comprising civil servants, educationists, civil societies, farmers and disabled persons were among the participants.
The purpose of the workshop is to create a platform for the two partners to meet together and share experience as well as to document the lesson learnt for the agriculture partnership group to at least take two lessons for adaptation.
The reason given by the PERL consultant, Jummai Bappah was that the agric group are not performing as expected considering the fact that the education groups have done a lot in engaging, reforming and partnering with stakeholders to uplift people’s standard of living.
Elaborating on how they engaged in the fund contribution for uplifting education, the chairperson of Education Citizen Group, Hajiya Mairo Bello said: “When we wanted to do chalk, we discovered that even in some classrooms, they don’t have chalk to write on the blackboard.
From our own pockets, the citizens group, we came to our partner and demanded ‘can we do this so that we can help and everybody in the partnership contributed to that small pot and we started the production with the money we contributed before other people decided to come in.
” She added that officials from PERL office contributed N100, 000 from their personal income not donor fund, while the staff of SERVICOM Directorate were not left behind in the chalk fund-raising.
On his part, Gama Village Head, Alhaji Isyaku said apart from individual contributions, people of his domain contacted some industrialists who are operating in the area for assistance to use for social reformation in the area, which they did.
He added that they also wrote a letter seeking assistance from GSM Service providers as well as some wellto-do in the state and outside just to support education in Gama area. In his response, Chairman Agric Citizen Group, Malam Abdullah said from the discussions, the groups have identified some of their challenges, assuring that based on this learning partnership, members were encouraged to do more for the benefit of the society.
In his Keynote address, the Permanent Secretary, Kano State Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources, represented by a Director, Engr. Sabo said the objective of the workshop was to create a platform of learning for a partnership to materialize, especially for Agric Group to drive experience from Education Group. He assured that whatever the learning experiences were, they would be documented and executed for the benefit of humanity.
The Permanent Secretary appreciated the concern of DFID through PERL towards ensuring agricultural development in the state.
Earlier, one of the Agric Group members and also a Permanent Secretary, Alhaji Abba Wada Waziri lamented that despite the capacity building being rendered to the people of the state by donor agencies, “we the recipients are not doing the exact through proper implementation,” adding that “government is quite ready to allow the implementation of such findings.”
In her speech, the Permanent Secretary SERVICOM, Hajiya Binta Salihu said prominent among the state development partners are DFID -PERL, adding that “there is no ministry, department or agency in the state that has not been assisted by DFID – PERL.”
In her presentation entitled: ‘Who we are and what we do,’ PERL Reform Facilitator, Malama Aisha Abubakar explained the activities of the donor agency to the participants, adding that PERL has three major pillars saddled on for the benefit of the state.
At the end of the workshop, lesson agreements adopted by Agric Partnership were relocation of secretariat, conveyance of meeting to determine the operational structure of the partnership, development of mini work plan from Agricultural Action Plan and agric to liaise with education group on some specific questions.
Meanwhile, a week after the agric partnership, it has relocated to Zoological Garden as it Secretariat. Similarly, the following week on August 8, 2019, a maiden meeting was held at the new Secretariat with a good attendance by the members.