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Borno Govt Organizes Town Hall Meeting Towards Preparations For 2020 Budget

Borno Govt Organizes Town Hall Meeting Towards Preparations For 2020 Budget

By Inusa Ndahi, Maiduguri

The Borno State Government says it has organized a town hall meeting to encourage public discourse and participation in preparations for the Citizens Budget 2020.

The state Commissioner of Finance, Budget and Economic Planning, Alhaji Adamu Lawan, disclosed on Thursday while briefing newsmen at the end of the town hall meeting held at the Musa Usman State Secretariat in Maiduguri.

Lawan said that the meeting was to encourage members of the public, organizations and cooperative societies to participate and contribute to the preparation for the 2020 budget.

“The state government conveyed the town hall meeting and invite all a sundry including Persons Living with Disabilities (PLWDs); youth and women associations, organizations, and community leaders to enable them to air their views on the budget,” he said.

Lawan said that the ministry would deliberate on the complaints, suggestions and advises gathered at the meeting and use it in its preparations for the budgets.

He explained that ministries, departments and agencies had so far presented their submissions for the Citizens Budget 2020.

According to him, the 2020 budget would accord priority attention to issues of girl child education, PLWDs, housing and infrastructure development as well as Rehabilitation, Reconstruction and Resettlement (RRR) programme.

Lawan further revealed that the state government had entered into agreement with indigenous estate developers for construction of thousands of houses under the Family Housing scheme for workers and low income earners.

The commissioner added that the Federal Ministry of Finance in partnership with the Central of Bank of Nigeria and the World Bank would provide grant to fast track reconstruction and infrastructure development projects in the state.

Speaking on behalf of his colleagues, Representatives of the Persons Living With Disabilities (PLWDs),  Mallam Adamu Umar thanked the state government for organizing such a meeting which would avail them the opportunity to voice in their position as stakeholders.

He lamented that that for decades, Government in the state have chose to neglect PLWDs into appointments, involved directly or indirectly  into government policies and programmes, hence the need to reverse the trend, as his colleagues contributed a lot in the electoral process in electing leaders.

He therefore appealed to the present administration of Governor Professor Umara Zulum to henceforth consider PLWDs in the 2020 Budget preparations and as well into appointments to actively participate in government’s policies and programmes in moving the state forward.



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