15 September 2021 by Julian Osamoto
The Minister of State for Budget and National Planning, Clement Agba says the government is willing to partner Non State Actors who are ready to make positive contributions that will ensure sustenable Development in the country .
Agba who disclosed this in Abuja during the Budgit 10th Anniversary lecture, maintained that government record books are always open for partners working towards the growth of the country to vet and understand the activities of government.
“ I celebrate the Budgit Team for their positive efforts towards monitoring and ensuring that the government is held accountable. A lot of positive changes have been recorded due to their immense work.”
“Nigerians need to participate more in Budget processes and not only condemn. In the Open Government Partnership, we are opening up the space so others can have access to the data and make decisions”
In a keynote address, a former minister of Information Mr Frank Nweke II, pointed out that the dynamics between leaders and citizens remains a key feature of progressive societies.
“It is time for citizens to assume their authority in placing a demand on their leaders for accountability. Good governance is not possible if people are shying away from asking questions”
In a goodwill messages the Governor of Ekiti State Kayode Fayemi and a former Minister of Education Oby Ezekwesili
Called for a designed Intervention to demand multi stakeholders engagement to achieve the desired change.
On his part, the group’s co-founder and chief technical officer, Joseph Agunbiade, xrayed the achievements of the group in its first decade.
“So far we have tracked over 16,738 projects worth billions of naira, ensured the completion of over 7000 constituency projects, facilitated 15,467 town hall meetings through our 37 project tracking officers across Nigeria, with support from over 1500 community champions currently present in 32 states.
The Chief Executive Officer of Budgit Mr Gabriel Okeowo said their next focus is to engage more with government in ensuring a corruption free Nigeria through transparency and accountability at all levels.
The event which attracted different stakeholders was tagged; Building Civil Engagement and institutional a countability for an equitable society.