Citizen engagement on Public Finance Management is paramount to us at the Fiscal Responsibility Commission because our enabling law, the Fiscal Responsibility Act, 2007, provides in Section 51 that: “A person shall have legal capacity to enforce the provisions of this Act by obtaining prerogative orders or other remedies at the Federal High Court without having to show any special or particular interest.” Section 48 of the Act further provides that “the Federal Government shall ensure that its fiscal and financial affairs are conducted in a transparent manner and accordingly ensure full and timely disclosure and wide publication of all transactions and decisions involving public revenues and expenditures and their implications for its finances
Victor Muruako Esq. Chairman, Fiscal Responsibility Commission made this statement at FRC conference room during press briefing held on the 22nd October,2021. With the theme: FISCAL TRANSPARENCY AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT AT THE SUB-NATIONALS.”
According to him, the briefing is in respect to a 2-days Sensitization Workshop on Transparency, Accountability and Prudence (TAP) organized by the Commission to step down the knowledge of TAP down to the grassroots.
He added that the sensitization workshop will hold in two geopolitical zones of the country: North-West and South-West, respectively.
The first of the workshops for the North-west will be held in Kano from 25th – 26th of October, 2021, while the second for the South-west is billed for the 1st and 2nd of November, 2021 in Lagos.
Muruako stated further that
“The core objective of the events is to expand and deepen the frontiers of fiscal responsibility, transparency and accountability to the sub-national levels of government in Nigeria. The target is to reach government and citizens at all levels, down to the grassroots in order to enthrone a culture of Fiscal Responsibility, Transparency and Prudence and thereby advance the macro-economic stability and sustainability of our dear nation.”
“Already, we have received confirmations from top government functionaries and targeted participants from government agencies in Kebbi, Katsina, Kaduna, Jigawa, Sokoto, Zamfara, and the host, Kano State. Likewise from states in the South-west zone, comprising Ekiti,Ondo,Ogun,Oyo,Osun and the host Lagos State.
Muruako assured participants,guests and dignitaries that all necessary resources are been put in place to ensure a successful and hitch – free event that will ensure positive outcome.
There is always a starting point and that is why we are hopeful that these two workshops will provide a basis for us to advance this sub-national advocacy to other zones of the country in the months ahead,he concluded
Reacting to FRC Boss, the President, Nigeria Institute of Quantity Surveyors, QSM.Abba Tor, MSc,MBA,FNIQS,MAPM commends the commission for taking a bold step to making sure that sensitization reaches the grassroots.
He added that after signing the MOU with the commission, QS is willing and ready to provide technical support to ease the work of the commission
Abba assured the commission that their group will make sure they step down the knowledge gotten from the commission to other agencies inorder for them to enrich their modality.