APC advocates public hearing on budget, public expenditure

The approved APC logo, released early Wednesday morning
The approved APC logo, released early Wednesday morning

The PGF advocated the setting up of a National Assembly Budget Office similar to the Congressional Budget Office in the USA.

The All Progressives Congress, APC, on Monday in Abuja stressed the need for vigorous public hearing in relation to budgets and public expenditure in the country.

This is contained in a communiqué issued at the end of a one-day roundtable of Progressive Governors, Legislators and Civil Society Organisations by the Director-General, Progressives Governors Forum, PGF, Salihu Lukman.

Mr. Lukman urged legislatures and civil society organisations to work together with a view to promote public awareness to ensure that citizens were able to demand for accountability in budget implementation.

He stressed the need for a national budget timetable to ensure that the budgeting process was not subjected to the whims of the Federal Government.

“The budgeting process must be designed based on sector plans, not mere statements of intended expenditure or line budgeting to be executed at whims of the civil service,” he said.

The PGF advocated the setting up of a National Assembly Budget Office similar to the Congressional Budget Office in the USA.

It called on progressive governors to put in place structures and programmes to fight corruption and poverty which undermine transparency, security, participation and fundamental freedom.

“APC governed states must lead by example and promote citizens participation in the budgeting process,” the PGF said.

(NAN)


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