NGO educates Taraba residents on community development and budget processes

The Taraba Youth Progressives Association (TYPA), a non-governmental organization funded by USAID, through Effective water supply sanitation and hygiene has on Saturday held a community development and sensitization program for citizens of the state.

This is aimed at creating awareness on citizens participation in the budget processes and community development plan.

Mr Joseph Gimba, facilitator of the program said, community development was the duty of the community members to forward projects proposals to the appropriate authorities of the state through the community development officers of their local governments as it was a residual matter.

He said communities were underdeveloped due to lack of citizens participation in the budget process and community development plan as abandoned community projects were not probed for possible completion.

“It is your duty to ensure that community abandoned projects are completed and they are not diverted for private use, the beneficiary ownership can be identified through the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) if there is any suspicion in a diverted community project.

“Your duty is to submit projects proposals to your local government projects officer and ensure they get to the supposed Authority.

“Projects plans most be justify morally and most be a centralise project that would impact the masses.

“You most ensure inclusion of the vulnerable ones where women, youths and the disable are being excluded in the budget plan,” Gimba explained.

Mr Justin Agbu, a participant in the program thanked TYPA for organizing the sensitization workshop for communities to know their step for development.

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