By; MOHAMMED MUNIRAT NASIR, Gusau
Collation of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in Zamfara has commended the plan by the state government to establish Bureau for Public Procurement Bureau for Public Service Reform to enhance productivity and prudence in the management of the public funds.
This was one of the resolutions of the CSOs in their Position Paper on Zamfara State proposed 2020 budget estimate presented to the state assembly by governor Bello Mohammed Matawalle.
Speaking at the joint press conference of the CSOs,held in Gusau, the Director, Center for Community Excellence, Adamu Abubakar Kwatarkwashi commended the effort of the present administration for downsizing and restructuring the state ministries, agencies and parastatals aimed at enhancing effective service delivery.
“We are specifically glad with the initiative we have seen so far in trying to revive agriculture in the 2020 budget estimate especially with the revival of the ZAREP Phase (11) project. If things go the way they are planned in the estimate, for sure Zamfara will head toward becoming one of the vibrant states in Nigeria in terms of food production”, he said.
The CSOs also commended the effort of reviving the state fertilizer blending plant and make it effective for the attainment of the state’s fertilizer need and the initiative being put in place to reviving the livestock subsector particularly the revival of the abandoned multipurpose factory production plant.
“The social intervention programme is also a giant step toward supporting the teeming unemployed youths as well as positive strategy of supporting small and medium entrepreneurship which will in the long run help in stabilizing the state microeconomic development plan”, he said.
The CSOs however called on the state assembly to cut down the 2020 budget estimate of over N182 billion as submitted by Matawalle to about N100 billion considering the fact that the 2019 budget of N135 billion did not perform up to 50%.
“Building a Government House for a Governor who sleeps and execute some parts of his official functions in his private residence is still a misplacement of priority”, he said.
The CSOs called on the state assembly to organise public hearing before passing the 2020 budget estimate.
“As for the Rural Grazing Area (RUGA): Our position has always been, the state government need to conduct a census to ascertain the number of Fulani herders and also the number of their livestock before committing over N8 billion into this project”, he said.