Saturday, 21 March 2015

IMO: NGO Charges politicians to discuss open budget, accountability

Our Reporter

The Citizens Center for Integrated Development and Social Rights (CCIDESOR) has called on politicians who seek for the votes of the electorate to reel out plans that will make the budget open and ensure accountability in their campaigns.

Speaking to newsmen in Owerri, the Executive Director of CCIDESOR, Emeka Ononamadu said it is time to ask the politicians how they will entrench good governance through sustainable accountability that is made possible by making the budget open, adding that those seeking the electorates’ votes must offer the people the best practices in terms of making sure that the signed budget is printed and distributed to the citizens.

He insisted that accountability platforms must be instituted to enable the politicians render account of their stewardship, stressing that it will also help citizens to monitor how well the public finance and resources are managed. He posited that until politicians begin to talk about how to make budget open through citizens driven engagement, the use of public resources will not be guaranteed.

He revealed that through its project, Strengthening Accountability and Citizens Engagement (SACE), it has started activities which will help elected leaders to remain focused on transparency and accountability as the best means of generating sustainable development and building political capital.
Ononamadu asserted that it is important that in coming leaders, especially in Imo state will face reduced revenue allocation due to the falling global oil price by more than half what the price has been since 2010, adding that if revenue will dwindle, it means that if corruption in public sector is not eradicated through accountability, some states, like Imo State will go into crisis that may dovetail into impending adversity.

Hear him: if accountability becomes the norm of governance in Imo State, corruption exemplified by fraud, waste and abuse of public resources will give way for development and better life for all, while calling on the in-coming government to include transparency driven good governance as core Imo agenda from 2015.  



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