Zero budgeting requires time, statistics - Onyekpere

Zero budgeting requires time, statistics - Onyekpere

By Ijeoma UKONU

As the need to block all financial leakages in government gathers momentum, the Lead Director, Centre for Social Justice, CSJ, Barr. Eze Onyekpere, has said that the government needs time, statistics and preparedness to run a zero budgeting process.

He gave the advice at the launch of the Nigerian Open Budget Survey 2015 Results in Abuja, stating that there is need for the government to increase transparency and participation of citizens in the budgeting process.

"We are calling for openness, improved accountability and a general audit from the Accountant General’s office to the public accounts committee. The plenary can take a decision on it either at the level of the National Assembly.

"Through this process, public resources can be recovered and new rules are put into place to ensure that the mischief existing in the report of public account is blocked."

He further stated that for the public to engage in constructive input on how fiscal policy and implementation is run, they need the right information.

In a survey carried out by the Country Researcher for the Civil Resource Development and Documentation Centre, CIRDDOC, Mr Ralph Ndigwe, stated that transparency Open Budget Index reveals that 24 out of 100 Nigerians are provided with minimal budget information.

According to him, the government is weak in providing the public with opportunities in the budget process, adding that only 25 out of 100 Nigerians participate in governance.

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