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Imo Assembly to ensure citizens participate in budget

Imo State House of Assembly says it will take steps to ensure citizens participation in the appropriation of budget for 2020 fiscal year.

The Chairman House Committee on Budget and Appropriation Chief Uche Ogbuagu gave the assurance in a forum organized by a nongovernmental organization promoting good governance in the south east.

The lawmaker noted that agencies of government responsible for preparing budget of the state must engage stakeholders in communities to ensure that only projects that meet the yearnings of the people were captured in the budget.

Chief Ogbuagu called on the people to insist on good governance by holding those in positions of authority accountable.

The Executive Director of a nongovernmental organization Mrs. Onyeka Udegbunam said the programme was organized to sensitize stakeholders on the need to carry out needs assessment during budget preparation.

According to Mrs Udegbunam allowing communities to identify projects to be executed in their areas would encourage them to own and protect such facilities.

Mrs Udegbunam urged community leaders to always identify their needs and make them available to both their representatives in the parliament and other relevant agencies of government during budget preparation to support development efforts.

The community leaders who were drawn from more than sixty communities in the state resolved to support the government especially in the areas of project identification and execution.

Chinazo Ilechukwu