Civil Society Organizations, CSOs in Plateau State say they will monitor the process of the 2023 Budget Defense Exercise by Ministries and MDAs and the Implementations of the budget to the letter.
The Civil Society Organizations who witnessed yesterday’s presentation of the 2023 budget proposal by the Executive Governor of Plateau State, Simon Lalong, at the State House of Assembly, said they were part of the Citizens budget policy of the administration that gathered citizens expectations on the 2023 budget.
Hon Obadiah Afwanks, the Co-Chairman on participatory budget process under the open Government partnership of the Plateau State, said they hope that the activity of the civil society who went round the 17 local government areas of the state and gathered the needs of about 325 communities will be factored into the 2023 budget.
“As civil society, we will ensure that we are part of the budget defense so that the input of our communities, what our people in the various communities said is represented in the budget, because is going to be a priority” he said.
He opined that the 2023 budget is going to be different from any other budget passed because the civil society organizations and communities are involved.
“As the voice of the masses, we would ensure that those items that our people have outlined is captured in the 2023 budget, so we are hoping to be part of the budget defense, implementation and then the oversight” he added.
It would be recalled that many Plateau citizens had applauded the Plateau State Government for initiating what it tagged “Citizens Budget” where the state citizens were given the opportunity to participate in the budget process for the first time in the state history.
Yesterday’s Friday, 11/11/2023, the Plateau State Governor, Simon Bako Lalong presented an estimated Budget proposal of N139,357,144,980.38 billion for the 2023 fiscal year.