As part of efforts to increase awareness and build capacity of civil society organizations on budget advocacy, Social Action’s budget advocacy network the Niger Delta Citizens and Budget Platform held a training programme for select CSOs in the Niger Delta The workshop which held on the 23rd and 24th of October 2015, was framed as a Train-the-Trainers course aimed at strengthening the capacity of participating organizations and enabling them carry out similar trainings in their own locale.
The workshop which held as part of the Strengthening Advocacy and Civic Engagement programmes, covered themes of basic budget appreciation and navigation, skills for budget analysis, budget monitoring, presentation of findings, etc., and drew participants from Edo, Rivers, Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa and Delta states.
In his opening address, key organizer of the training Mr. Prince Ekpere said the training became necessary as a strategy to amplify the call for citizens’ engagement in fiscal governance through building the requisite skills and capacities. ‘There are two principal levels of governance. The first is political governance, where a lot of success has already been achieved. From the years of military rule until now, we have enthroned a system participatory democracy. The second is fiscal governance. In this regard, we have abandoned our responsibility. It is this space that this training seeks to reclaim”
In the coming months Trainees of the workshop will participate in budget advocacy activities as members of Social Action’s budget advocacy programme.
The Workshop held at Hartford Hotel in Port Harcourt