Consolidation, Institutionalizing Governance Reforms, Key to Sustainable Development – USAID State2State

By Israel Mbam, Abakaliki

The State Team lead, USAID State2State programme in Ebonyi state, Dr. Sam Onyia has said consolidation, sustainability and institutionalization of governance reforms will enhance development and improve budget performance in the State. He made this known at the quarterly Ebonyi CSOs Forum meeting held on Thursday June 13, 2024 at Osborn La Palm Royal Resort in Abakaliki, the State Capital.  

In his remarks at the meeting, Dr. Onyia emphasized that consolidating and institutionalizing Governance reforms will further enhance accountability, transparency and effectiveness in government activities, especially in areas of budget, primary health, basic education, water Sanitation and hygiene (WASH) sectors in the State.

He called on CSOs to synergize with MDAs to achieve the desired results, assuring that State2State will support the process. “The task before you the civil society organizations, aside advocacy is to strategically work with the MDAs on best ways of enhancing governance reforms and tracking of community charter of needs projects captured in the LGAs and State budgets. State2State will support the process,” he said.

Earlier, USAID State2State Citizens Engagement Specialist, Munachiso Adulana explained that the quarterly Ebonyi CSOs forum meeting was to review progress on implementation of State specific action plans and achievements in previous quarter. She adds that the meeting was to also review 2024 first quarter State budget performance in the focus sectors, review implementation of Citizens nominated projects in the State and LGA 2024 budgets, review implementation of CCD projects in the State 2024 budget with the view to identify ongoing projects for tracking.

Executive Directors of various civil society organizations, including the state Coordinator of Network of CSOs, Chief Oliver Aja Chima, Programme Manager of CIRDOC Nigeria, Goodness Mbaja and a representative of persons with disabilities, Mr. Ifeanyi Nwokporo gave update on progress made by CSOs in advocacy visits, engagements with  lawmakers, other relevant stakeholders and follow up on state budget performance.

The forum at the meeting, reviewed the Ebonyi State first quarter budget implementation report, made observations on 2023 budget performance, reviewed the implementation of CCD projects captured in 2024 budget, and developed action plans for the next quarter.

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