NGO trains 40 constituency reps, CSO, others on service delivery in Yobe

As part of effort to hold elected officers accountable on their campaign promises, a Non-Governmental Organisation, Partnership To Engage, Reform and Learn-Engage Citizens Pillar (PERL-ECP) has engaged representatives of 24 constituencies, Civil Society Organisations (CSO) and media platforms to brainstorm on strengthening service delivery in Yobe state.

Declaring the workshop open on Monday, the PERL-ECP Northeast Team Leader, represented by Yobe Partnership Facilitator, Musa Waziri, said the workshop was to strengthen service delivery through facilitating effective linkages, documentation and follow up citizen’s charter to demand in the state.

The Lead Facilitator of the workshop, Dr. Uzochukwu Amakon, from University of Nigeria, Enugu, said for any government to succeeds, it must give recognition to public participation and interest.

“Every good budget must have key information such as call circular, MTSS and MTEF, State budget draft estimates and state budget estimates. Others are state citizen’s budget, State Auditor and Accountant General reports, Public Account Committee report among others.”

He, further said public must hold elected officers accountable to
improve quality design, and the need for systematic and practical
approach noting that, participation of every citizen in budget process is a right.

Zara A. Lawan and Yusuf Aliyu who were participants at the workshop, said they have learnt new ways of engaging government officials especially, the misconception of virement which government transfer funds from one ministry to the other which is constitutionally wrong.

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