BY FUNMI OLASUPO
Abuja— ActionAid, an international non-governmental organisa-tion, has challenged the Federal Government to apply more discipline in the implementation of its budget.
The Country Director of ActionAid, Nigeria, Dr. Hussaini Abdu, made the submission in Abuja at the public presentation of a study on public service delivery.
The study, commissio-ned by the group, identified poor funding, inadequate appropria-tion and inadequate monitoring, as major factors responsible for the poor and ineffective state of public service delivery in Nigeria.
The report, tagged Public Service Gap Analysis in Nigeria, which focused on education, health, agriculture, water and sanitation, power, housing and urban development and justice is for 2007 to 2011.
The ActionAids boss noted that “government must be serious about the implementation of its budget by entrenching and enforcing budgetary discipline through the application of appropriate sanctions on individuals and agencies responsible for non-implementation of the budget.”