In accordance with the mandate of Citizens Wealth Platform (CWP) to ensure that public resources are made to work and be of benefit to all, we present the federal capital budget pull-out of the states in the Six (6) Geo-Political Zones of Nigeria for the financial year 2016. This has been our tradition since the last five years to provide capital budget information to Nigerians. The pull-out provides information on ministries, departments and agencies; name of projects, locations and the amount budgeted.
By section 24 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigerian 1999 (as amended), it is the duty of every Nigerian to make positive and useful contributions to the advancement, progress and well-being of the community where she resides. In providing this pullout, CWP facilitates the performance of the civic duty and removes the boredom of every citizen having to search through thousands of pages of the federal budget to find out the projects sited in her community and or of interest to her. In these days of harsh economic realities leading to increased poverty, job losses, non-payment or irregular payment of worker’s salaries, high inflation rate and depreciating national currency, Nigerians should ensure greater value for money and that every kobo counts. We should use social mobilization to block leakages in the system and budget monitoring comes in handy.
Democracy and development are a peoples’ work in progress; they demand meaningful participation, vigilance on the part of citizens and holding duty bearers to account. The money in the budget belongs to us all as citizens, tax payers, mothers, fathers, young men and women, etc. Recent reports of mind boggling sums mismanaged by government officials reaffirm the need for citizens’ vigilance and participation. Transparency and governmental accountability are not usually products of written legal or policy documents; they come from a peoples push and insistence that processes must be open. As the ultimate sovereigns, we should not allow our money to be mismanaged again. The space is open and we need to utilise it to facilitate monitoring and reporting on federal capital projects.
CWP expects Nigerians of all shades, not just the NGOs but the media, organised labour, organised private sector, professional groups, informal sector groups, women organisations, the youth, faith based organisations, community development associations, town unions, etc to go out there and be in the forefront of following the money to determine if it reached the appropriated destination. How good and how pleasant it will be, before God and man, to see that Nigeria’s money and resources are made to work and be of benefit to all.
May God continue to bless Nigeria.
Eze Onyekpere, Esq
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