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Civil Society in Anambra to monitor govt expenditure

THE Civil Society Organisations, CSOs, in Anambra State have said they are committed to ensuring that government funds are spent wisely in the execution of public projects.

Mr Eze Onyekpere, Director, Centre for Social Justice, CSJ, stated this at  a two-day workshop organised for CSOs in collaboration with Friedrich Ebert Stiftung,to analyse the Anambra State Fiscal Responsibility Bill currently before the State House of Assembly.

The Bill, when passed, is expected to ensure that government funds are channeled to people-oriented projects at the lowest possible cost

According to Onyekpere, “the workshop was convened to review the draft clause by clause analysis of the Fiscal Responsibility bill done by CSJ, so as to equip participants with a full understanding of best practices in Fiscal Responsibility laws,  practices and legislative advocacy skills.

He said that the bill was also borne out of improprieties in the use of resources, huge public debt burden, huge recurrent expenditure, complete absence of compliance with the stipulated rules, budget guidelines and procedures.

“The essence of Fiscal Responsibility is to improve the living standard and welfare of the people through prudent resource management. It is also geared towards providing meaningful development in society,” he said.

Fiscal Responsibility covers the entire fiscal policies and processes of programming, planning and budgeting. It is essentially about fiscal discipline, allocative and operational efficiencies in fiscal management.

CSOs  are expected to play a major role through advocacy for the reflection of best practices in the enactment of the bill, as such, they need to be involved in the enactment process of the bill into law.


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