The Kaduna State Government on Thursday consulted with members of the academia and the citizens on the state’s 2020 to 2022 Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) expected to inform the 2020 budget.
The consultation was organised by the Kaduna State Planning and Budget Commission (PBC) with support from DFID-funded Partnership to Engage, Reform and Learn (PERL).
PBC Commissioner Mr Thomas Gyang said at the opening of the interaction in Kaduna that the engagement was in the spirit of open budgeting as required by the Fiscal Responsibility Law, 2016.
Gyang, who was represented by a Principal Budget Officer in the commission, Linda Yakubu, explained that the consultation was organised for people to make inputs in the 2020 budget processes.
“As critical stakeholders, your input is greatly needed to inform the budget, which we hope will be realistic and becomes the `people’s budget.’
“This will enable the people of the state to own the budget and support its implementation for the overall development of the state.
“We have consulted with the citizens during the 2019 budget processes, and we are doing same for the 2020 budget to further strengthen our citizens engagement in governance,” he said.
Mr Timothy Effiong, PERL’s Public Financial Management Consultant, described MTEF as a public financial management tool, which facilitates the effective allocation and utilisation of available resources to achieve identified and agreed policies and priorities.
Effiyong identified the Key elements of the MTEF as Economic and Fiscal Update (EFU), Fiscal Strategy Paper (FSP) and Budget Policy Statement (BPS).
He said that the EFU provides economic and fiscal analyses which form the basis for the budget planning process and the FSP determines the resources available to fund government projects and programmes from a fiscally sustainable perspective.
He added that the BPS states the overarching policy goals that would guide government’s budget decisions and how the budgets accords with the government short term intentions.
According to him, the goal is to facilitate linkage between the development plan and the budgeting process in order to effectively achieve macro-economic policies priorities and goals.
“It also ensures efficient, effective and transparent allocation and utilisation of available resources in accordance with identified and agreed priorities and objectives.
“MTEF also help in achieving credibility in the planning and execution of annual budgets.”
He commended the Kaduna State Government for using MTEF to inform its budget process and sustain the citizens engagement as required by law since the 2019 budget.
Effiyong said that the state had one of the most policy-driven budgeting processes in the country.
Earlier, the Co-Chair, Open Government Partnership (OGP) in the state, Malam Mustapha Jumare, also commended the state government for involving citizens in the formulation and implementation of its plans and budgets.
“We were consulted during the 2019 process and we are being consulted to make inputs for the 2020 budget.
“This is quite a milestone in strengthening the state’s participatory governance for the overall development of the state,” Jumare said.