Kaduna State Budget: PERL Agenda Setting Engagement Vows More Oversight, Advocacy

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One of the groups brainstorming at the PERL Quarterly engagement in Kaduna on Monday September 24, 2018.

By; JACOB ONJEWU DICKSON

Partnership to Engage, Reform and Learn (PERL) Agenda for Second Quarter Participatory Political Economy Analysis and Reform Engagement’ which began in Kaduna on Monday, have expressed resolve to engage in more oversight in ensuring that budgets are implemented.

They expressed this on Monday September 24, at the day-one of the two days engagement ongoing in Kaduna.
They also vowed to carry out more advocacy visits in ensuring that budgets are done bearing in mind the most important needs of benefiting communities.
This was part of the deliberations that took place when they broke up the session into group stages to discuss the budget in five stages.
Stages discussed are preparation/planning stage, appropriation/approval process, implementation, oversight and reporting/audit.
The participants split into three groups, extensively discussed the stages and came up with submissions respectively.
Under preparation/planning, they said that they trained community members on need assessments, engaged in citizens review of health project not funded as well as participating at the Kaduna State Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) for 2019 appropriation and other activities.
For appropriation/approval stages, they explained that they embarked on advocacy visits to the Kaduna Assembly as well as engaging MDAs on areas that needed funding and baseline assessment of the 255 Primary Health Care projects before 2018 health budget implementation.
Under oversight, the participants said that they trained community members on projects monitoring, as well as monitoring of renovations and upgrade of 255 PHCs and schools projects under SUBEB and UBEC.
The engagement is expected to be wrapped up on Tuesday September 25.
It has in attendance, civil society, House of Assembly staff, media and business associations.

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