Connect with us


CITAD advocates for synergy between govt, citizens on budget process




The Center for Information Technology and Development (CITAD) has advocated for synergy between government and citizens in budgetary and procurement processes in Bauchi state.

CITAD training of CSOs and CBOs on budget processes with support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) under a one year project, entitled”Strengthening citizens participatory budgetary process” through the “State Accountability Transparency and Effectiveness (State2 State) in the state.

The Executive Director CITAD, Dr Yunusa Zakari Yau made the call during the Civil Society Organizations CBOs and Community Based Organizations CBOs from Bauchi,Toro and Alkaleri on budget processes on Saturday in Bauchi

He said the essence of the training was too stressed the need to create synergy between the people and the government in budgetary and procurement processes of the state.

Yau said that by increasing citizens awareness of the budget process, citizen’s will be equipped to make informed inputs to the various stages across the budget cycle, further improving accountability in the government’s budgets process and system.

The Executive Director, represented by the CITAD Senior Programme Officer, Isah Garba, said that the objective of the training was to enhance the capacity of CSOs and CBOs to engage both government and citizens in the budget process and to improve citizens’ participation in budget processes and government officials.

He urged the participants to engage in budget tracking in order to ensure prompt release of money budgeted for particular sectors of the state economy.

Ya’u added that they should engage people from the grassroot through enlightenment in order for them to know their right to public property.

Malam Isah Garba, CITAD Senior Programme Officer,while giving an overview of the State2 State Project, said that the budget is the most critical document in governance, hence citizens must engage in the processes to have a sense of belonging in the affairs of government.

He said that the training is for the participants to understand budget processes and other areas of engagement where the CSOs and CBOs can engage the government in drafting the budget, to its implementation, monitoring and evaluation.

” We want the participants of this training to also understand the implementation report, to see the level of assessment conducted and level of improvement gotten in a certain year as well as how to create a synergy between the legislature and communities in developing a communal agenda”

“So if the budget is truly for the citizens of the state, there is no way the budget will be formulated and implemented without the contributions of the citizens within the state.

He reiterated that CSO and CBO organizations should serve as representatives of the general citizens of the state.

Continue Reading
Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


ACF hails Gov. Yusuf 50% slash down of school fees, says the move is exemplary



The Arewa Consultative Forum( ACF) has hail the 50% reduction of school fees for indigent students by the incumbent Governor, of Kano State, Abba Kabir Yusuf as exemplary and worthy to emulate by other governor’s.

Gov. Yusuf has recently cut down 50% reduction in the registration fee for the 2023/2024 academic session for all Kano State indigenes studying regular courses at the Aliko Dangote University of Science and Technology, Wudil, Yusuf Maitama Sule University Kano, Sa’adatu Rimi University of Education, Kumbotso, Audu Bako College of Agriculture, Dambatta and other state owned tertiary institutions accross the state to cushion  the worsening economic situation people have been going through. 

While reacting to the governor’s initiative, the Chairman of the forum, Dr. Goni Farouk Umar  described the decision as both revolutionary and a hallmark of visionary leadership. 

He noted with delight the Kano State government’s resolve to restore its foreign scholarship programme designed to sponsor 1001 best graduates which demonstrates the government compassion that resulted in the payment of N700million registration fees for 700 Kano State students at the Bayero University Kano. 

The ACF leader noted that both the slashing of the fees in state owned institutions, and the off-setting of the BUK fees would go along way to ease the burden on parents and the students occasioned by the current economic hardship. 

Dr  Umar who describe education as power, and pivot in society’s advancement, prayed for the successful implementation of the government’s pro-poor education policies.

 He also appealed to all sections of the community to support educational development in all facets. 

Continue Reading


Nigeria’s President Tinubu say’s country’s pilgrim who return $80,000 to owner in Saudi is a pride of all.



President of Nigeria, Mr  Ahmed Bola Tinubu will honour Zamfara pilgrim Hajiya A’ishatu ‘Yan Guru Nahuce who found $80,000 in Saudi Arabia during the last Hajj exercise and return the money to it’s rightful owner. Chairman Zamfara State Hajj Commission, Alhaji Musa Mallaha has revealed.

Mallaha disclosed that the president is overwhelmed by the act of honesty exhibited by the female pilgrim hence he directed the National Hajj Commission to organize a national press conference to interview the woman for record keeping while in Saudi.

When the directives was given by the president according to Mallaha, the woman was already airlifted back to Nigeria adding that arrangements are in top gear to ensure the presidential directives is implemented as soon as possible.

Mr. Mallaha who revealed that president Tinubu expressed delight and pointed out that Hajiya Nahuce has brought respect and honour to her country Nigeria said the commission’s preparation towards the national press conference in Nigeria now will include the State governor, Dauda Lawan keying into the activities.

Mallaha further said that her honesty is a pride to all Muslims accross the globe.

The woman during the last excise stumbled into the money while performing Tawaff at the Ka’abah, she said that she kick the bag of the money to a distance for fear of been trample upon if she bow down to pick it up because of the large crowd. An Arab Pilgrim who saw her action pick the bag and gave it to her thinking that it was hers.

Mrs. Nahuce who was sponsored to Hajj by her son’s revealed that it was her first trip to the holy land.

She further revealed in an interview that, she took the money to the officials of her local government Hajj commission and handed it over. The officials met Saudi Authorities and within few days the owner was found and the money was returned to him.

She commented that she was not aware of the magnitude of her action until she was back home to Nigeria where she understands that the news went viral before her arrival

Continue Reading


Nigerian Army neutralize 7 bandits, comb bush for others in Zamfara



Nigerian Army neutralized seven Armed Bandits while several others flee with gunshots wounds in the late hours of Monday. 

The bandits in large number according to reliable source attempted to infiltrate and attack the troops at Kango Sabuwa. The gallant troops of Sector 1 Operation Hadarin Daji in conjunction with troops deployed at Forward Operating Base Wanke were steps ahead of them.

This was achieved by the troops in an ambush operation along the route suspected to be used by the Bandits.

The troops Shortly after the encounter proceeds in pursuit of other fleeing wounded bandits, recovered 1 Machine Gun, ammunition and 6 Motorcycles from the armed bandits.

The Commander Joint Task Force Northwest Operation Hadarin Daji, Major General Godwin Mutkut commends the troops for their bravery and resilience in dealing with the Armed Bandits.

Continue Reading


Copyright © 2023