By Idris Khalid
Bauchi State Government has conducted a Public Hearing on the proposed 2022 budget in the three Senatorial Districts of the state, which participants at the occasion included representatives of various groups such as youths, women, CSOs, and traditional leaders among others.
Speaking at the closing ceremony of the hearing with participants from Bauchi South Senatorial held at Zaranda Hotel Bauchi Thursday, the State Commissioner in the ministry, Honorable Aminu Hammayo said the hearing is to get the input of people at the grassroots before the formulation and consolidation of the budget as it is going to be demand driven.
Hammayo added that conducting such an event would promote transparency and accountability throughout the entire budgetary process.
Honorable Hammayo said the public hearing will also allow for a wider participation and all-inclusiveness of citizens and to creates a sense of ownership and sustainability of government projects.
“I welcome you to this important occasion of public hearing in preparation for the 2022 budget of Bauchi State Government. The process has started in line with the provision of the law in the preparation for the budget.
“This also gives us an opportunity for us as Government to interact with people and we considered it as a mechanism for feedback.”
The Budget and Economic Planning Commissioner urged the participants to provide useful inputs and advices in line with development objectives of the state government and its funding constraint.
On his part, the State Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Honorable Abdulrazak Nuhu Zaki assured that, the administration of Governor Bala Mohammed will continue to execute and implement people-oriented projects that will improve their living conditions through putting their inputs in the budget process.
Earlier, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Budget and Economic Planning, Yahuza Adamu said in the 2021 budget, the state government has executed a number of developmental projects in the sectors of road, education, water, health among others.