State Budgets Should Not Be Treated As Secret Documents

State Budgets Should not be treated as Secret Documents

Being a Press Statement Released by Social Action, Niger Delta Citizens and Budget Platform and Partners

It is worrying that at the sixth month of the fiscal year, Rivers state, Akwa Ibom state, Bayelsa state and Delta state have not deemed it appropriate to make copies of their annual budgets available on the state official websites or otherwise for public access. This is the high point of a tradition of executive and legislative secrecy which has become common practice in the aforementioned states.