Rights Groups Beam Search Light On Budget Implementation In S/East

Hyacinth Chinweuba/Richard Izuora

The Human Right, Liberty Access and Peace Defenders Foundation (HURIDE), has vowed that henceforth, it would expose the absymal performance and poor implementation of budgets in the South East, which have  been the  architect of poor governance culture in the zone.

The chairman of Board of Trustees  (BoT) of HURIDE, Dede Uzor A. Uzor, who said this during a press briefing  in Onitsha, the Anambra State commercial hub, called on the South East Governors to as a matter of urgency set up budget portals  to enable the citizens  assess and monitor fully the implementation of budgets in the respective States in South East.

He lamented that there has been consistent  poor implementation of budget in the zone to the extent that many projects were rolled over to the next budget for several years with full budgetary provision in each of those years.

Dede Uzor said  apart from Ebonyi State  under Governor David Umahi,  that tried to implement its budget up to 50 percent, all other South East States  of Abia, Anambra, Imo and Enugu hardly  go beyond 30 percent implementation of their budgetary provisions.

This, he said, was the principal reason for infrastructural deficit and decay in the region especially road networks.

The BoT chairman   cited the  instance of the  2018 budget of Anambra Stste, which provided N40m for staff quarters at the Anambra State Polytechnic,  Mgbakwu, but till the moment this briefing was held  in November  2019, the project was yet   to take off.

He also said there was another provision for N167m for the procurement of tractors for the Agricultural School of Vocational Training, Okija in Ihiala Local Government Area  but as at November 2019, the tractors have not been procured.

“The  same thing is applicable in all other South  East States of Enugu, Abia an Imo. Apart from Ebonyi, others merely achieve  between 20 and 30 percent of their budgetary provisions with Imo State under Rochas Okorocha being the worst” HURIDE boss said.

The BoT chairman said arising from a seminar for Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), and some selected president generals of some communities held at Umuahia,Abia  State,at  Abia Hotels Ltd tagged ” Capacity Building on Analysis of South East  States Budget Performance: Credibility, Discipline and Realism, in October, they would begin to put  the implementation of all  budgets  of South East States under strict monitoring.

He commended the Hope Givers Foundation, the organisers of the workshop,for such an opportunity to educate  the citzens about budget monitoring.

He said the workshop stressed the importance of of creating budget portals by the various States in the zone, which would be at the centre of achieving purposeful budget realism through the Community Based Monitoring (CBM) groups.

Hence, he said, their decision to check the implementation of the budgets in different communities  through the budget portals.

“The budget portals if created by respective Government agencies  of the South East, is expected to help citizens asses and monitor Government full implementation of budgets”, he said.

Dede lauded also the organisers and the reswource persons for exposing  the failure of budget implementation in South East, urging them to  intensify their efforts to extend this other South East States to enable the citizens be abreast on how to fully monitor the implementation of poor budget by their respective State Governments.Dede Uzor advised.

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