Nigeria has highest number of abandoned projects – PERL
…Tasks Media ,CSOs on Budget Monitoring ,Implementation
A Non Governmental Organisation, Partnership to Engage Reform and Learn, PERL has disclosed that Nigeria has the highest number of abandoned projects in the world.
According to PERL , available survey statistics as 2016, revealed that eleven thousand, eight hundred and eighty six projects ,worth five trillion have been abandoned .
Uzochukwu Amakom, a lecturer from University of Nigeria, Nsukka, while presenting his paper titled: Engaging Governance for Better Service Delivery, said, the trend can be reversed if Civil Society Organisations, CSOs are proactive and monitor budgets process and implementation.
His words : “Budget is equal to development and therefore citizens must ensure full participation in the process of budget preparation up to the imp!cementation stage of such budget.
” Most times, we accuse our leaders of not doing the needful, but we failed as a citizens to engage the government in all facets of governance for better service delivery.
” Policy is a plan of action for tackling political issues and government must have a good policy that drives development. Good policy and utilization of policy can brings about development. ”
Uzochukwu therefore urged Kaduna citizens to always track the budgeting process, saying that citizens are the owners of the budget.
He emphasised that the spectrum of public participation, information,empower, collaboration, involvement and consultation in budget preparation will lead to good service delivery by the government.
While calling on the participants to always seek information from relevant MDAs about bill of quantity for every project, so as to monitored and ensuring adherence to standards by the contractors,Uzochukwu tasked the participants; especially the Civil Society Organisations and media to always hold government accountable on issue revolving full budget implementation.
Earlier, the team leader of PERL Kaduna State, Mr. Abel Adejor said the aim of the workshop is to facilitate reflection by governance stakeholders on governance and service delivery processes within their location.
According to him, the objective of the workshop is to create a platform to appreciate broader governance processes and reflection on experiences as well as the challenges to enhance partnerships and engagement of governance processes for improved service delivery at their locations.