‘Disclosure Of Abia’s Budget Expenses Every Quarter Conforms To Inter’l Best Practices’

‘Disclosure Of Abia’s Budget Expenses Every Quarter Conforms To Inter’l Best Practices’

The State Governor Dr Alex Otti has been commended for disclosing the budget expenses of his government on quarterly basis. Speaking with journalists in Umuahia on the heels of the controversy swirling around the 3Q budget expenses of Abia, the head of the Due Process Office, Dr Oluebube Chukwu said that the disclosures confers government with credit little as it confirms with the International best practices. According to him,Government has vigorously denied “the mischievous misrepresentation and propaganda” by the opposition and clarified that it only spent N223.4 million within the period under review covering all the 74 MDAs as against 297M alleged by the Critics. He also explained that the stated figure covers expenses off all the MDAs, for special events, such as retreats, conferences, and related events, adding that N397,520,734.84 was spent on welfare, covering medical bills, rehabilitation and public emergencies. The Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Due Process, insisted that it was “in line with the government’s commitment to transparency, good governance and fiscal discipline”. Dr Oluebube Chukwu further said that the decision to publish the Q3 budget expenses stems from government’s unwavering commitment to fostering public trust and ensuring that citizens are well informed about the allocation and utilization of Public Funds. The Due Process chief stated that the disclosure of financial dealings by governments was highly recommended by international financial institutions and development partners such as the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank, pointing out that “by adhering to these standards, the State Government aims at enhancing its credibility on the international stage and foster stronger partnerships with global organizations. He noted that the practice serves as a model for other states in Nigeria to emulate, while demonstrating a commitment to fiscal responsibility and sound financial management, including the state government official website and public libraries. He said the data accessibility is essential for fostering a culture of civic participation, as it empowers citizens to actively monitor government spending and contribute to the overall development agenda. Nkem Jasper Onyekere. Due Process Office, Government House, Umuahia.