By Muhammad Hamisu Abdullahi
The need for the citizenry in the country to realise how important it is to join hand together with civil society and community based organizations to track projects under the three tiers of government has been stressed.
The reminder was given by the State Team Leader of the DFID – Partnership to Engage, Reform and Learn (PERL) in Kano, Malam Jibrin Ali Giginyu on Wednesday.
Speaking at an occasion to mark the 7th Quarterly Open Budget Forum by Kano Budget Working Group, held at Grand Central Hotel, Kano, Malam Giginyu said with proper tracking of budget, communities in the state would stand the chance of benefiting from effective service delivery as various projects either ongoing, abandoned or completed would be reported by the communities
to the authorities concerned for prompt actions to be taken.
He added that when projects are not reported they may remain idle instead of making them to enhance the socioeconomic living standard of the people.
Explaining some points on joint tracking and monitoring by partners specially the significance
of governance under one roof, Malam Giginyu urged the communities to liaise with civil society and community based organizations to consider tracking budget under the umbrella of all the three tiers of government as those of federal, state and local governments respectively.
He appreciated the efforts of various budget working groups in tracking projects across the 44 local government areas of the state, hoping that they would maintain the tempo.
Earlier in his welcome remarks, Malam Giginyu emphasized the need for advocacy and learning from each other on good practices from one local government area to another, noting that government has meager resources, hence the need for the groups to realize how good it is to accept a project no matter how small it may be in their reports.
He read the objectives of the event as to celebrate results from budget tracking and project monitoring at community level and to strengthen collaboration and networking among partners.
Community based organizations monitored by the state level of civil societies made some presentations at the event on how they tracked some projects in their various local government areas during the review period.
They included those from Garun Malam, Madobi, Kano Municipal, Nassarawa, Bichi, Kabo, Tofa and Rogo Local Government Areas among others.