NGO Seeks Taraba Govt Partnership On Budget Tracking For Accountability

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Governor Darius Ishaku of Taraba State


By; DEKERA NICHOLAS, Kaduna

Tje Chief Executive Officer, Maigodiya Centre for Youth Development (MCYD) Mohammed on Tuesday sought partnership with the Taraba Ministry of Budget and Planning for an enhanced budget tracking mechanism for accountability and transparency.
Mohammed made the request when he led a team from MCYD on a courtesy call on the Commissioner in the Ministry, Mr Solomon Elisha in Jalingo.
He commended  the commissioner  for increasing the tempo of participation of Civil Society organisations (CSOs) in the budgeting process during his short period as the commissioner in the Ministry.
“We are here to seek your partnership for some of our activities especially on our strategic engagement and advocacy for adequate budgetary allocation for Ministries of water resources and health and budget tracking & analysis for accountability and transparency.
“I want to commend you for giving room  for more CSOs participation in the budgeting process as you assume office as commissioner in this Ministry.
“Our organization is into budget advocacy, tracking, analysis and production of scorecards, and support implementation of USAID E-WASH project in Taraba State, among others.
“We are therefore seeking your cooperation to make the budgeting process under your watch  meet international standard,”  he said.
Responding, Elisha expressed delight over the move by MCYD  to help improve the budgeting process in the state.
The  Commissioner pledged the ministry’s unalloyed support to the activities of MCYD to enhance its good works for the state.
“Your presentation has brighten my day because it is meant to tackle one of our major challenges which is  budget tracking.
“The ministry will give you all the needed support to actualize this goal for the good of the state and the society at large.
“The world is changing, civil society groups have  to be more involved in the running of the government for accountability and transparency in the system,” he said.

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