By Osaigbovo Iguobaro, Benin
A Non-Governmental Organisation, Network on Good Governance (NGG), is set to mobilise against abuses that often characterise budgeting across the three tiers of government in the Country.
The group made its position known during the step-down training programme on open Government partnership (OGP), budget tracking and monitoring by the Network on Good Governance (NGG) at the Weekend in Benin City.
Coordinator, Network on Good Governance (NGG), Mr. Peter Nwanbuchi, said the participants need to be well inform about how government projects are tailored before they can adequately sensitise Citizens on how to engage the government to factor their priority needs into the budget.
He promised to take the campaign to rural Communities and engaged the leadership of the state house of Assembly and other Stakeholders towards ensuring that services are delivered in accordance to laid down procedure and in transparent manner.
“We will go to the various Communities and ensure that the people embrace his initiative. We will go to Edo state house of Assembly and ensure that appropriate steps are taken.
“We insist that Communities should participate in budget planning, budget implementation. Citizens, Community based organisations (CBO’s) can track government projects” forefective feedback mechanism”, he said.
Head of budget Department of the group, Comrade Adamu John, in a presentation on the template for sharing budget tracking/monitoring findings with the National Assembly, identified data collection as key in all the steps that are involved in budgeting.
Members of Civil society organisations and the Media were well represented at the training programme, articulated suggestions that can foster good governance and development in Nigeria.