Groups lauds KDSG over  accountability citizen engagement

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Groups lauds KDSG over  accountability citizen engagement

By:Femi Mustapha

Kaduna State Government has been commended for initiating reforms that advance transparency, accountability, and citizens engagement, particularly in the budget process.

This was contained in a communique issued after a virtual meeting organized by the Coalition of Associations for Leadership, Peace, Empowerment & Development (CALPED) and Open Kaduna Radio, with support from Partnership to Engage, Reform & Learn PERL, yesterday.

The meeting agreed that one of the processes the state government has used to make policy transparent is the community development charter( CDC) which has been used to capture demand into the local Government annual budget

The communique stated that the objectives of the meeting are to advocate for more equitable budgeting to ensure no group is left behind in the 2022 budget; identify entry points for the CDC in the 2022 budget, and facilitate the inclusion and disaggregation of citizen’s demands in the 2022 budget.

The stakeholders commended the Planning & Budget Commission for advancing the principles of transparency, accountability, and citizen engagement. It was acknowledged that even though we are not where we want to be, we have made significant progress as more spaces and platforms have been created for citizens to engage in the governance process.

The significant role being played by the Community Development Charter (CDC) Champions from the 23 local government areas in mobilizing the prioritized needs of communities was recognized and acknowledged, especially their commitment, drive, and passion without being paid.

The communique jointly signed by Joshua James
OGP CS Co-chair on Open Budget,
Yusuf Ishaku Goje
Head – Leadership, Governance & Advocacy CALPED, Godwin Akau
CDC Champion, Jema’a LGA, and Babangida Garba CDC Champion, Lere LGA stated that the Technical working group(TWG) will work closely with the Planning & Budget Commission to review and co-create the Budget Process Guidelines.

“The CDC Champions from the 23 Local Government Areas are to pull-out state-level prioritized needs and send them to the OGP TWG on Open Budget.

” The TWG members will collate and disaggregate the prioritized needs base on sectors and forward to the Planning & Budget Commission by 31st September 2021.

” The CDC Champions will pay a courtesy visit to their respective state legislators to submit copies of the prioritized needs of the communities. the Communique reads

 

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