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ICPC, UNDP conduct capacity building training on budget processes

Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) with support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has organised a capacity building training for the grassroots on budget processes.

The programme, which was coordinated by NGO Network, targeted community based organisations, Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), civil society groups, opinion leaders and community leaders, among others.

The participants for the capacity building training were drawn from the five local government areas that constituted Adamawa North Senatorial District. The local government areas are Michika, Madagali, Mubi North, Mubi South and Maiha. 

The main objective of the programme was to build participants’ capacity to engage government and take active part in all budgetary processes to ensure transparency, accountability and good governance.

The programme, which was attended by over 100 participants, including, among others, several representatives of MDAs, non-state actors, government, traditional institution, the political class and others, involved speeches, presentation and discussion/evaluation of training papers, group syndication and interface sessions.

Four training papers were presented by Muhammad Mustapha, Executive Director, Democratic Action Group (DAG), Kano on “Understanding the Meaning and Fundamentals of Budget and Budgeting”; Ayuba Joshua, Adamawa State Universal Basic Education Board on “Budget Process and Budgeting System;” Mohammed Bougei Attah, Managing Editor, NGO Network Magazine and National Coordinator, Procurement Observation and Advocacy Initiative (PRADIN) on “Framework for Budget Tracking, Monitoring and Reporting” and “The Concept of Budget Advocacy”

After an exhaustive appraisal of the speeches, training papers, group syndicate reports and contributions from participants on the general principles of the subject matter, participants identified some challenges facing the nation’s national budget processes.

These challenges include lack of transparency in the conduct of budget business in the country; existence of a wide gulf between government spending and actual development outcomes; leakages in resources in-flow network and mismanagement of public funds and resources; non-prosecution of cases of vagrant infringement on and violation of budget laws and provisions; and lack of adequate awareness among key stakeholders and the general public on their roles in budget processes.

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