Yobe engages CSOs, stakeholders to brainstorm on budget 2024 presentation
By Njadvara Musa, Damaturu
The Yobe State Ministry of Budget and Economic Planning in partnership with the State’s Network of Civil Society Organisations (NCSOs), has engaged stakeholders on the formulation of Budget 2024 before presentation to public.
The engagement of the stakeholders was to provide more inputs into the budget to enhance effective service delivery to the people.
Declaring the stakeholders’ one-day budget dialogue on Wednesday in Damaturu, Governor Mai Mala Buni, disclosed: “The event is to consider public opinion in the formulation of 2024 budget proposals.”
He noted that the stakeholders’ inputs into next year’s budget, is key in the actual delivery of dividends of democracy with accountability.
Buni, represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Baba Mallam Wali, said that the stakeholders’ budget dialogue will identify the key priority areas in the 2024 proposed budget.
Wali, therefore, commended the Ministry of Budget and NCSOs for organising the stakeholders’ budget dialogue.
According to him, the inputs of the stakeholders’ budget dialogue, will enhance effective service delivery to the people in the State.
The Director of Budget in the Ministry of Budget and Economic Planning, Zainab Abdu Sale, said that a budget; was a financial plan of action, stating the sources of incomes and corresponding expenditures for the various sectors of the economy.
She noted that the preparation of state budget is a constitutional requirement under section 121 sub section (1) which provides that the Governor should cost to be prepared and presented before the State House of Assembly.
She added that the 2024 budget will be passed by the Assembly before the commencement of each financial year estimates of revenues and expenditures of the State.
According to her, every individual and the stakeholders at the budget dialogue to contribute to the success of next year’s budget proposals.
The representative of NCSOs, Baba Kucici said that the stakeholders’ dialogue on budget exemplifies the true essence of democratic partnership; where the government and civil society come together to craft a budget that reflects the genuine needs and aspirations of the people.
Besides, he added that it was a reflection of the inclusive and transparent approach in fostering good governance and accountability to the people.
He said: “Our responsibilities transcend mere representation. It is a sacred duty to ensure that every voice is heard, every concern is addressed, and every hope is realised.
“The next year’s budget is not just a financial document. It is a blueprint for the realization of the dreams and aspirations of every citizen, regardless of age, gender, or economic background.”