By Helen Udoh-Abuja
Fiscal Responsibility Commission will commence the 2022 Zonal Awareness and Sensitization Workshop on Transparency and Accountability with the Theme: Sustaining the Gains of Fiscal Transparency and Accountability in States in four geopolitical zones, namely North-East, North-Central, South-West, and South-South.The program will start on Monday, Oct. 31, 2022, from the North East Zone and will be declared open by the Executive Chairman of the Commission, Chief (Barr.) Victor Muruako.
Thid was contained in a statement signed by Bede Ogueri Anyanwu,
Head, Strategic Communications Directorate,
FRC on Monday in Abuja.
The program is in line with the mandate of the Commission and particularly aimed at assisting the States to consolidate the ability to maintain credibility in public finance management.
It will also address the salient issue of borrowing by the Government of the Federation.
The main target audience are States Commissioners of Finance, Budget and Economic Planning, and State Debt Management Official. State Auditors General, relevant Civil Society Organizations whose areas are transparency and fiscal governance, and State Fiscal Responsibility Commissions.
Other participants will include nominees of State Ministries of Finance, Budget, and Planning.
The North-East event will hold at Fombina Ambassador Suite, Yola, Adamawa State.
The Thrust of the Zonal Awareness and sensitization program is in line with the 2022 program of the Commission to continue to engage the sub-nationals on fiscal governance and to effectively challenge them on numerous fiscal governance projects stationed by the Federal Government and mostly funded by donor agencies.
It is also an opportunity for the Commission to engage other relevant stakeholders and the civil society organizations on the on-going aggressive campaign for effective fiscal governance by the sub-nationals that is, States of the Federation
The campaign will also hold in Jos, Plateau State for the North Central, Lagos for the South-West, and in Calabar Cross River State for the South-South.
Some of the topics that will feature during the program will include Strengthen Fiscal Management at the State level, through Fiscal Responsibility laws; the imperative of fiscal transparency and accountability in the sustainable development of States; ensuring sub-national debt sustainability and sustaining and deepening remits of the States Fiscal Transparency and accountability, (SFTAS) among others.