The Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG) has provided training to its junior staff to equip them with the necessary skills and knowledge to effectively monitor budgetary allocations and expenditures at both the national and state levels.
The training aimed to enhance their abilities to hold government officials accountable for the funds allocated to developmental projects in Northern Nigeria.
Addressing newsmen the group’s National Coordinator, Jamilu Aliyu Charanchi,after a two-day training workshop on budget tracking for its national and state executives, facilitated by Budgit Nigeria, emphasized that the training workshop had a focus on equipping the participants.
According to him, the training offered participants a comprehensive understanding of budgetary processes, including planning, execution, and monitoring. This knowledge enables them to identify gaps and irregularities in budget implementation at various stages.
He explained that the workshop enhanced participants’ capacity to effectively analyze budgets, track public spending, and identify discrepancies. They also learned to utilize technological tools and platforms, such as Budgit’s open-source software, to simplify the process and ensure proper documentation.
“The workshop provided a platform for participants to network with like-minded individuals from different parts of Northern Nigeria. The opportunity to exchange experiences, challenges, and best practices will foster collaboration among the CNG’s national and state executives,” he said.
Regarding the significance of the training, he explained that it equips the CNG with the necessary tools to hold government officials accountable for budget allocation and expenditure. He noted that by actively tracking and monitoring projects, the CNG will be able to identify misappropriation of funds and advocate for their proper utilization.
Jamilu stated that with enhanced skills in budget analysis and tracking, the CNG’s national and state executives are better prepared to provide evidence-based recommendations for efficient budgetary allocations.
He also emphasized that this would contribute to improved governance, ensuring that resources are directed towards sectors addressing the needs of Northern Nigeria’s citizens.
“By effectively tracking budget allocations, the CNG can contribute to promoting transparency in resource management. This proactive approach will ensure that public funds are used judiciously, preventing corruption and enhancing socio-economic development.”