Khadijat Saidu, Birnin Kebbi
Governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi state, has urged the people of Kebbi state to remain resolute in their contribution to budget formulation, implementation and performance.
The Governor made the call at the 2022 Budget Town Hall Meeting held on Thursday at the Presidential Banquet Hall in Birnin Kebbi organized by the Ministry of Budget and Economic Planning.
He said the budgetary proposal has been tailored to reflect current global realities within the context of societal growth.
Senator Abubakar Atiku Bagudu was happy about the excellent presentation highlighting the 2022 budget by the Commissioner for Budget Dr. Abba Sani Kalgo and the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Hajiya Aishatu Usman Kalgo who reappraised the 2021 Budget.
He said the proposed Budget, has taken into consideration climate change, environment oil price, World Bank projects and efforts of development partners in ensuring financial prudence.
Bagudu commended civil society organizations (CS0s) for partaking actively in the town hall meeting and appealed to development partners to increase their spending to states especially on education, water, health, agricultural and environment in line with best practices globally.
Earlier, the Commissioner for Budget and Economic Planning, Dr. Abba Sani Kalgo, the Secretary to the State Government, represented by acting Head of Civil Service, Safiyanu Garba Bena and Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Budget Aishatu Usman acknowledged the transparent implementation of budget by the state government under the leadership of Governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu.
Dr. Abba Sani Kalgo who expressed delight that Kebbi state, has been ranked among the best performing states in Nigeria in budget implementation.
Contributions were made by Members of CSO, OGP Co-chair Ibrahim Ngaski, UNICEF representative, Isah Ibrahim, Usman Falaye of OXFAM and Dr. Aisha Sanchi of USAID as well as Technical Adviser on Industrialization and Entrepreneurship Dr. Muhammad Kabir Kamba.
It was attended by State and Local Government Officials, Politicians, Civil Society Organizations, traditional rulers, person living with disability and development partners.
Similarly, participants were given an opportunity to make comments, suggestions and ask questions