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Anambra holds 2023 budget stakeholders’ meeting

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IN PURSUIT of its policy of promoting participatory democracy, the Anambra State Government has organised a Stakeholders’ Interactive Meeting on the 2023 proposed annual budget, tagged, “Budget of Acceleration” at the Jerome Udoji State Secretariat, Awka, to enable the people contribute to the budgeting process.
Anchored by the Ministry of Budget and Economic Planning, the interactive meeting attracted traditional rulers, presidents-general of communities, top government functionaries and representatives of civil society organisations (CSOs).
The Commissioner for Budget and Economic Planning, Chiamaka Nnake, disclosed that the event was meant to apprize the stakeholders of the plans of the incumbent Professor Chukwuma Soludo’s administration for the development of the state in the coming fiscal year.
Commissioner Nnake explained that the proposed budget was tailored to positively transform all sectors of the state’s economy with focus on massive infrastructural projects, especially urban and rural roads, which would be constructed with minimum of twenty years’ guarantee.
She extensively dissected the proposed budget already approved by the Anambra State House of Assembly, and urged the participants as patriotic stakeholders to synergise with the state government in the evaluation, implementation and monitoring of the budget for the desired results for the betterment of citizenry.
In his remarks, the permanent secretary in the ministry, Kerry Uzo, said the exercise was very crucial because the budget equally concerned the entire ndiAnambra which required adequate inputs by the stakeholders.
Director of Budget, Arthur Iweanya, also in a brief speech, stated that the parley was purposely to enlighten the stakeholders on the 2023 proposed budget and enable them participate in the articulation, implementation and monitoring of the budget in line with international best practices.
Highlight of the occasion was a question and answer session when the PG of Nteje, Chief Chidiebele Obika, requested for the list of projects located in various communities to give them sense of belonging and for effective monitoring of the contractors, while another person raised the issue of non-payment of compensation to victims of police brutality and extra-judicial killings as per Justice V.N. Umeh’s judicial #EndSARS panel’s report, etc.
In a vote of thanks, Prince Chris Azor, spokesman of the CSOs, lauded Governor Soludo and his team for hitting the ground running soon after taking over the mantle, just as he reassured their maximum cooperation with the state government towards hitch-free implementation of the budget.

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