By: AISHA SAAD
For the first time in the history of Adamawa State, community social organisations were taught on 2022 citizens budget preparation. The four day exercise was organised by USAID State Transparency Accountability and Effectiveness Activity, in collaboration with State Planning Commission, which was held at conference hall, of the Ministry.
The USAID State team Leader, Mr. Maxwell Machill, described the exercise as the first time of engaging citizens to have an idea on how Government’s budget is being prepared, it is a means of enhancing effectiveness and efficiency of budget, it brings citizens into the process of budgeting. He warned community social organisations not to use the opportunity to humiliate Government. Mr. Machill, further called on them to ensure the budget prepared is been monitored as well as ensure it is the one presented to legislature in State House of assembly. The team leader also, called on Community social organisations to disseminate what they will learn to members of their various organisation.
The Permanent Secretary, State Planning Commission, Mal. Usman Hamman Mapeo, described the exercise as a welcome development because it will enhance efficiency of budget development and transparency in Government which will give citizens a sense of belonging.
The four day exercise exposed the community social organisations in having an indepth knowledge on; review and summary of 2022 budget, brief look at the citizen’s budget template, population of citizens budget template, Transfer of data from excel document to word document and lastly, transfer of the document in to Hausa language for easy understanding of citizens.
Furthermore, the community social organisation’s were made to understand how Government source money viz: Grants, loan, statutory allocation and value added tax.
Similarly, the Director of Tax of Adamawa State Board of Internal Revenue Mal. Salihu Sabana, encouraged the community social organisations to sit on round table with stakeholders, discuss on what they need and identify various entry points and channel their needs for Government to take into consideration.
Those who facilitated the exercise are staff from Accountant Generals office, Adamawa Board of Internal Revenue, officers from State Planning Commission as well as Ministry of Finance.
In an interview with the chairman, Adamawa State community social organisations Mal. Nasir Adamu, Said he is overwhelmed to be opportuned to have an idea of how citizens budget is been prepared. He commended the present Government for being transparent to her citizens.
Also, the presentative of Adamawa state good governance, Muhammed Ismail, commended Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintry, for incorporating civil society organisations in to budget preparation is a welcome development, because it will address issues of misconception between government and the governed in regards to budget marginalisation.
Also, the president, student union in Federal college of education Yola, Comrade Sulaiman Abdullah, lauded organisers of the exercise for carrying members of community along to have an idea of how the budget is been prepared.