Stakeholders in the budgeting process in kogi state, have been charged to adopt an all inclusive and mass participatory approach in the design and implementation of her 2020 budget.
This was disclosed on Monday in Lokoja, during the 2nd Annual Budget Summit organised by the Conscience for Human Rights and Conflict Resolution ( CHRCR), in partnership with Shehu Musa Yar’ Adua Foundation, with the support from Mc Arthur Foundation.
The Summit which brought together members of the Media, Civil Society Organizations, Legislators and the Clerks of their Committees and the executive through the Ministries Departments and Agencies responsible for Budget development agreed for timely presentation and passage of the budget into law.
In a communique signed by the Executive Director of CHRCR , Comrade Idris Abdul Miliki noted that for an effective budgeting that will meet the yearnings and aspirations of the citizens, the Executive and the legislature should ensure that critical stakeholders have inputs in the designs and implementation.
Miliki advised that the budget which is the blueprint of income and expenditure of government should be designed in such a way that it will add value to the lives of the grass roots.
He charged the lawmakers not to pass the bill wholesale into law whatever the Executives presented to them, rather they should engage experts and stakeholders to make inputs through concerted public hearings.
While noting that the 2020 budget estimate is highly anticipated as it would show the direction and thinking of the newly elected government in Kogi State, Miliki, decried the previous budgeting process which have been clouded in secrecy with little or no citizen inputs before during and after budget preparation and implementation.
He lamented that the Kogi State House of Assembly has not performed its constitutional duties of providing the citizen the opportunity of making inputs into the budgeting process through conduct of public hearing on budget proposals.
While asking the Executive through its Budget development organ to provide details of previous budget proposals as applicable at the Federal government level, through engagement of the media, civil society and other stakeholders , saying the lawmakers should not stop at the reading of the budget by the Governor.
According to the communique “Issues that are important to the Citizens such as Health, Education, Agriculture and conduct of Local Government elections, have not been given the required attention in previous budgets, thus making the budgets less relevant to the people.
” Marginalized groups such as Persons with disabilities, women and children have not been carried along in the development of interventions/activities that goes into state budget proposals.
“That the interrogation of the Budget proposals by the Media has not been as robust as it should be while there is very little information on the debt profile of the state and this has negative impact on the budget” It said.Share this on WhatsApp