Exceptional Leadership and Integrity Promotion Initiative (Elip-Initiative) also known as Project Monitoring Partners (PMP) with other civil societies in the state have generated over 41,784 citizens inputs for the preparation of the Jigawa state 2022 budget.
The Chairman Elip-Initiative, Comrade Isa Mustapha revealed this while speaking at the town hall meeting with civil societies and other stakeholders organized by Jigawa state Budget and Planning Directorate in collaboration with Elip-Initiative.
One of the objectives of the meeting is the presentation and discussions around citizens’ demands for inclusion into the budget.
He said, in the cause of generating the citizens’ inputs from 27 local government areas, a total of 17,410 adults, some 17,410 youths and 6,964 physically challenged persons were contacted.
Comrade Mustapha explained that, out of the generated inputs, priority areas include Education, Health, Road Construction, Land Administration, Water supply, Empowerment, and Agriculture.
According to him, some of the inputs generated include over 100 schools that were closed due to lack of teachers, a little over 20 non-functional clinics, a collapsed bridge that became death trap for pregnant women and entire Nanumawa community among others.
Also Speaking at the meeting, the Permanent Secretary, Budget and Economic Planning Directorate, Eng Alhassan Ibrahim Marke said, Citizens inputs is critical for achieving realistic budget that can drive sustainable social and economic development.
He said, Jigawa state government is ever ready to listen and act on citizens demands being a democratic government that has peoples’ mandate and a government that accord priority to the social and economic wellbeing of its people.
Also, in his remarks at the occasion, the State Director, Sustainable Development Goals, Aminu Adamu Ringim said the objective of government is to deliver services to the citizens. “All structures established, be it health, education, sport, works, security or whatever it is, it is mainly to deliver services that will make citizens life better.”
“Today there is a global paradigm shift in governance where citizens are engaged optimally in planning and implementation of government policies/projects for sustainability.
He described the meeting as a milestone.
He called on civil societies organizations to enlighten public on the state comprehensive development plan, to enable them hinged their demands in line with it.
During the meeting, stakeholders and community leaders presented addition inputs for considerations by government representatives.