Budget: We’ll continue to engage Kwarans, Gov AbdulRazaq
Written by Abdul Okiki on December 11, 2019
The Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has assured Kwarans that their aspirations would always drive the budget process under his administration as part of a larger strategy to deepen participatory democracy and ensure good governance.
Governor AbdulRazaq gave the assurance on Monday in Ilorin at a town hall meeting on citizens’ engagement in budget process in which citizens suggested things they want reflected in the budget.
According to him, democracy is all about the people and it is meaningless when the people are shut out of the processes of governance which in fact revolves around them and their wellbeing.
Governor AbdulRazaq promised that the platform would be widened next year to allow for wider participation of the citizens to ensure that people’s aspirations are reflected in the budget outcome and implementations.
He also said the process would be fast-tracked to meet the January-December budget cycle, promising heavy investment in social infrastructure, agriculture and human capital development.
Governor AbdulRazaq also passed a vote of confidence in the current leadership of the Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KWIRS) which he absolved of any involvement in the recent allegations of fund mismanagement.
He assured the people that the ongoing house cleaning would ensure that such thing never happens again, insisting that public funds is a trust that must be guided jealously.
“So, the KWIRS is waxing stronger, reorganising and moving forward. I have confidence in the leadership of the the KWIRS to Kwara to the next level. EFCC will do its jobs. We’ll allow them to do their jobs and we will all be better for it,” Governor
A community development expert, Mr Lawal Olohungbebe said, however urged the Governor to establish a bureau of integrated rural development to cater to the needs of some seventy percent of Kwarans who reside in the countryside.
The state chairperson of the National Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ), Mrs Ayobola Olupinla urged the government to do more to include women in governance.