2024 Budget: Bauchi Govt Presents CCD Template to Communities
By Murtala Muhammad
Bauchi State Ministry of Budget and Economic Planning, has engaged citizens from the State’s Northern Senatorial District on a public hearing to provide their inputs for inclusion into the proposed 2024 Budget.
The initiative is being supported by the Bauchi Field Office of the USAID funded State Transparency, Accountability and Effectiveness Activity (State2State) Activity’s newly introduced template tagged Community Charter of Demand (CCD).
The CCD template provide an opportunity for citizens to within their respective communities come up with their priority needs with a view to having them incorporated into the proposed State Budget.
The Permanent Secretary, State Ministry of Budget and Economic Planning, Mallam Idris Sale who presented the CCD template to the the participants in Misau during the ongoing public hearing, called on them to avail themselves the opportunity by highlighting their priority needs while filling the template.
The Permanent Secretary said the move was a true reflection of the commitment from the present administration’s quest for citizens’ engagement and ownership of the budget with a view to providing good governance for its people.
He commended USAID State2State Activity for its continued support in providing technical assistance to the state, and for developing the maiden edition of the CCD template which, according to him, would enhance citizens’ engagement in the budget process.
Earlier, State2State Activity Citizens Engagement Specialist, of State2State Activity’s Bauchi Field Office, Mr Habila Salem who told the gathering that the CCD template was designed in a user-friendly, explained that it was designed using both English and Hausa languages.
This according to him was done for maximum understanding, productive input and further engagement for tracking purposes.
A participant and chairperson of a Civil Society Organization (CSO), Community Women Assistance, Hajiya Ummi Ya’u described the CCD template as a fruitful innovation, stressing that it will increase citizens participation in the budget process.
She pledged her Organization resolve to leverage on the opportunities provided by the CCD initiative to transmit their priority needs to Government, and also enlighten others on the existence of the CCD template for more citizens participation in the processes.