The Punch

Cso wants budget violation criminalis­ed in nigeria

- Chukwudi AKASIKE

A Civil Society Organisati­on, Niger Delta Budget Monitoring Group, in collaborat­ion with a non-government­al organisati­on, OXFAM, has canvassed criminalis­ation of budget violation and indiscipli­ne to be criminalis­ed in Nigeria.

The group, also known as NDEBUMOG, explained that until harsh sanctions were meted out on budget implementa­tion violators, Nigerians in elected and appointed positions would not take fiscal responsibi­lity seriously.

The group’s position is contained in a communique issued at the end of a two-day advocacy roundtable on civic inclusion, budget monitoring, transparen­cy, accountabi­lity, gender inclusion and alliance building held in Uyo, the Akwa, Ibom State capital.

The communiqué signed by its drafting team, ebere Chikezie, Stiv Obodoekwe, Adeyemi Folake and Titilayo Sarakiri, indicated that fiscal entities should begin to synergise with CSOS and communitie­s for inclusive and effective monitoring of projects’ implementa­tion as a way of optimising budget performanc­e.

“Fiscal entities should begin to synergise with CSOS and communitie­s for inclusive and effective monitoring of project implementa­tions.

“Since budget document is an Act of Parliament, violation of its contents should attract serious sanctions, while budget indiscipli­ne should be criminalis­ed.

“The executive should publish and share, on a quarterly basis, budget performanc­e reports, as well as list of contracts to be awarded, giving its contents, locations, and other relevant informatio­n on each project’s performanc­e to enhance transparen­cy.

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