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.
Following the completion of its monitoring of the implementation of the 2015 budget of five Niger Delta states, Social Action’s budget advocacy coalition, the Niger Delta Citizens and Budget Platform has presented reports containing its findings to the key government officials in Akwa Ibom and Delta state.
Social Action has called for more robust collaboration and synergy between civil society organizations and media establishment in the Niger Delta in the campaign for open, transparent and accountable budgets. This call was made during a Roundtable meeting organized by Social Action to discuss possible areas of joint actions and support in advocacy for good governance.
Social Action’s Open Budget campaign week which took place between the 29th of March and 3rd of April 2016, recorded four million, four hundred and forty seven impressions in its first few days according Keyhole a Social Media assistance Application for monitoring the performance of online campaigns.