BY CHIDI NKWOPARA,
Angry reactions have started trailing the non-passage of the Public Finance Management Bill, PFMB, by members of Imo State House of Assembly. Some citizens who spoke to Saturday Vanguard yesterday on the issue, were of the view that if the Bill had been passed into law, the level of transparency and accountability in the management of goods and services in the state would have been enhanced.
“We all desire a people-centered government. This could have been further enhanced if the PFMB had been passed into law”, Dr. Don Ekechukwu reasoned. It was his considered opinion that the quest for transparency and accountability in governance begins with putting the right legislations in place.
“If we get it right in Public Finance Management, functions towards achieving value for money and accountability in public expenditure would naturally queue in”, Ekechukwu stated. He insisted that if the Public Finance Management Bill is passed by the state legislature and singed into law by the Governor, it would invariably promote transparency and accountability in the state.
While saying that a forum had earlier been organized to sensitize all agencies of government to lead in the advocacy for transparent public finance management system, Ekechukwu also reasoned that when fully armed, stakeholders would monitor public Finance management processes at the Ministries, Department and other government agencies.