Community Budget Advocates To Monitor Implementation 2016 State Budgets

Community Budget Advocates to Monitor Implementation 2016 State Budgets

A group of grassroots transparency and accountability activists from Kano, Abia, Bayelsa, Delta, Akwa Ibom and Nasarawa states have concluded plans to monitor the implementation of the 2016 budgets of their various states. The plan was fine-tuned during a one-day capacity building workshop for budgets activists drawn from the six states which held at Abuja on the 1st of December 2016.

States of Decline

states_of_declineThe year 2015 witnessed unprecedented economic downturn in Nigeria. With the price of crude oil in the international market dropping steeply, the Nigerian economy shrank and the government considered activating austerity measures.

At the subnational level, the situation seemed worse. The failure of states over the years to save during periods of boom and their incapacity to create alternative and independent avenues for generating revenue, became evident in the year. All the states covered in this report had caused to approach the Federal Government for bailout funds to pay civil servants. The ability of the states to implement capital projects suffered significantly. Despite the daunting reality of economic decline, some of the states still fail to put measures in place to ensure transparency, accountability and prudence in the use of resources.

This report is a product of yearlong budget advocacy activities by members of the Niger Delta Citizens and Budget Platform. It presents analyses of the 2015 budget of 5 States -Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Delta, Edo and Rivers- detailing the expenditure preferences of each and their revenue generation policies.

Social Action Engages Bayelsa State On Open Budgets

Social Action Engages Bayelsa State on Open Budgets

In line with its objective of encouraging open and transparent budgets in states of the Niger Delta, Social Action’s Open Budget Cluster on the 15th of September 2016 carried out a Government-Citizens Consultative Meeting on Open Budgets. The event which held in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa state capital specifically aimed at making budgets and other fiscal document available and accessible to citizens. Participants at the event were drawn from communities, youth organizations and other civil society organizations, as well as a selection of government duty bearers including agencies responsible for proactive disclosure of fiscal information. 

Social Action Call On Rivers State Government To Embrace Open Budget Practices

Social Action Call on Rivers State Government to Embrace Open Budget Practices

On the 9th of September 2016, Social Action organised a consultative meeting on open budgets. The forum which held at Aldgate Congress Hotel in Port Harcourt sought to bring together citizens and government officials to discuss ways of building trust and enhancing civic engagement in the budget process. It is part of a set of strategic interventions to deepen the participation of citizens in the budget process.

Social Action Engages Delta State On Open Budgets

Social Action Engages Delta State on Open Budgets

On the 31st of August 2016, Social Action’s Open Budget Cluster carried out a Citizens’ –Government Roundtable meeting on Open Budgets. The event aimed at ensuring that state annual budgets are open and available to citizens. This accessibility of state budgets will kick-start other forms of citizens’ engagement which will lead to more participatory and prudent fiscal practices.

Social Action And Edo Civil Society Organizations To Engage Governorship Candidates On Open Budget And Accountability

Social Action and Edo Civil Society Organizations to engage Governorship Candidates on Open Budget and Accountability

In line with its mandate to ensure that government policies meet the needs of citizens in a transparent and accountable manner, Social Action and partner Edo Civil Society Organizations Forum are organizing a citizens’ town hall meeting aimed at providing an opportunity for citizens to interact with candidates seeking election to the office of governor of Edo state.