Sokoto State

Wokshop Seeks Diversification Of Sokoto State Economy

By Bashir Rabe Mani

Gusau  –  Participants of a three-day Workshop on the Sokoto State 2017 budget have called for urgent measures to diversify the state’s economy.

They made the call in a communique jointly signed by the House Leader in the State House of Assembly, Alhaji Garba Bello ( APC-Yabo), and Alhaji Kabiru Mahe, Director, Legislative Matters of the Assembly.

The workshop which was held in Gusau, Zamfara, between Feb.14 and Feb.16, had as its theme: ”2016 Sokoto State Budget Performance Review and Public Hearing on 2017 Budget Workshop”.

It was organised by a USAID-assisted Leadership, Empowerment, Advocacy and Development(LEAD) Project being implemented in Sokoto and Bauchi states.

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The communique which was released on Thursday night said: ” The diversification would enhance growth and development for improved revenue base of the state’’.

It said: ” That prompt cash releases to MDAs should be ensured to enhance budget performance;

” That fiscal responsibility law be implemented to ensure transparency and accountability in governance and,

” That donor funding be captured in the state’s annual budget proposals.”

The workshop also urged legislators in the state to carry out regular oversight functions.

“This is with a view to tracking and ensuring compliance with budget implementation,’’ it said.

The workshop further called for the empowerment of Civil Society Organisations( CSOs) to carry out budget tracking.

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The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the workshop drew participants from the media, Ministries, Departments and Agencies ( MDAs), the legislature and CSOs across the state.

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