Civil society organisations yesterday in Abuja called for community participation in the formulation of annual budgets of Local Government Areas, LGAs, in Nigeria.
The participants at a two-day training workshop of Budget Watch Groups and other community stakeholders to review performance and build capacity for effective use of Freedom of Information Act, FOI, highlighted that the peoples participation will invariably give rise to more people oriented programmes.
Programme Officer, Human Development Initiative, organisers of the event, Mr. Sammuel Ajayi, in a remark disclosed the organisation’s preparedness to work with groups and other stakeholders with a view to ‘‘achieving community participation and transparency in the formulation of LGAs budget in the country.’’
Similarly, an Abuja based legal practitioner while presenting a paper entitled ‘‘achieving Sustainable Development through Community Participation in promoting Fiscal transparency and Accountability,’’ Barrister Olatunde Olawole, averred that community participation in councils budget process is vital in attaining enhanced service delivery.
In this vein, Olawole, called for ‘‘extensive sensitisation of people at the grass root on the importance of taking interest in how they are governed.’’
Also, presenting a paper at the workshop, an official of the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related Offence Commission, ICPC, Mr. Sulahiman Jimoh, stated that the commission has reached out to people in over 400,000 local government areas in line with its mandate to ensure transparency, integrity and ethics.

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