By Peter Okutu
ABAKALIKI—GOVERNORS of the South-East geo-political zone of the country, yesterday, resolved to ensure the improvement in the living standard of their people through the implementation of budgets and other fiscal policies of their states.
The Director-General, South East Governors’ Forum, SEGF, Prof. Simon Ortuanya stated this at a workshop organized by the SEGF’s secretariat in collaboration with Department for International Development, DFID, through Partnership to Engage, Reform and Learn, PERL, in the country.
According to him, the resolution was part of their recent efforts to promote economic integration of the region which would, among others, expand the wealth base of their people and make the region more attractive to investors.
The event tagged “Nigeria on Fiscal Sustainability Plan, FSP and Open Government Partnerships, OGP,” was held at Osborn La Palm Hotels, Abakaliki, Ebonyi State capital.
He said: “The realisation that budgets are usually not effectively or fully implemented in Nigeria informed the setting up of the FSP and OGP programmes to enable states engage in peer learning.
“This is bringing the South-East region together for the purpose of fiscal sustainability plan, as well as open government partnership. The whole idea is that we want the South East states to be moving in the same direction and at the same time.
“Essentially, the fiscal sustainability plan is to align the budgets with the aims, aspirations and direction of the people. We believe that if we get their fiscal sustainability plans right, it means that budgets and budgeting process will be open and transparent; as well as the implementation of the budget.”