NGO seeks partnership with Taraba govt on budget tracking for accountability

The Maigodiya Centre for Youth Development (MCYD) on Tuesday sought partnership with the Taraba Ministry of Budget and Planning for an enhanced budget tracking mechanism for accountability and transparency.

Alhaji. Aliyu Mohammed, the chief executive officer made the request when he led a team from MCYD on a courtesy call on the commissioner in the ministry, Mr Solomon Elisha in Jalingo.

He commended the commissioner for increasing the tempo of participation of Civil Society organisations (CSOs) in the budgeting process during his short period as the commissioner in the ministry.

“We are here to seek your partnership for some of our activities especially on our strategic engagement and advocacy for adequate budgetary allocation for ministries of water resources and health for budget tracking & analysis for accountability and transparency.

“I want to commend you for giving room for more CSOs participation in the budgeting process as you assume office as commissioner in this ministry.

“Our organization is into budget advocacy, tracking, analysis and production of scorecards, and support implementation of USAID E-WASH project in Taraba State, among others.

“We are therefore seeking your cooperation to make the budgeting process under your watch meet international standard,” he said.

Responding, Commissioner for Budget and Planning, Mr Solomon Elisha expressed delight over the move by MCYD to help improve the budgeting process in the state.

The commissioner pledged the ministry’s unalloyed support to the activities of MCYD to enhance its good works for the state.

“Your presentation has brightened my day because it is meant to tackle one of our major challenges which is budget tracking.

“The ministry will give you all the needed support to actualize this goal for the good of the state and the society at large.

“The world is changing, civil society groups have to be more involved in the running of the government for accountability and transparency in the system,” he said.

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