Group wants synergy between communities, CSOs on budget
Participants at town hall meetings organised by the Niger Delta Budget Monitoring Group, with support from Oxfam in Nigeria for Igwuruta and Oyigbo communities in Rivers State have said communities in synergy with Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and responsive agencies of government should take budget tracking seriously.
The participants at the one-day fiscal inclusion meetings said government at all levels should place value and priority on inclusive human needs, livelihood and strategic planning, which engenders women’s rights.
They also argued that women’s exclusion from communal, cultural, traditional and political settings should be addressed through fiscal approaches and policies that promote inclusivity towards Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). They implored that women’s participation in community projects, alongside other social, cultural and economic sectors be encouraged.
They further said capacity building and sensitisations are needed to empower communities on how to carry out needs’ assessment and shadow budgeting, as such knowledge can help to fiscally empower the people in a democracy.