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Group tasks media,CSO on transparency in Public projects

Middle -The Executive Director, Center for Fiscal Transparency and Integrity Watch, Mr Umar Yakubu and other Participants during the Workshop in Abuja

The Center for Fiscal Transparency and Integrity Watch wants the Media and Civil Society organizations to intensify efforts at ensuring transparency in the implementation of Public Projects.

This, according to the Chairman, Board of Trustees Center for Fiscal Transparency and Integrity Watch, Angela Nworgu will reduce Corruption and engender rapid development in the country.

She stated this at a one-day Capacity Building for Media and CSOs organized by the Center for Fiscal Transparency and Integrity Watch and Bureau of Public Service Reforms in Abuja.

The workshop has it theme; The Role of Media in Advancing Fiscal Transparency Measures in Nigeria.

Fiscal transparency is the publication of information on how governments raise, spend, and manage public resources.

It also includes public reporting on the past, present, and future state of public finances.

It is against this background, that the program brought together participants from the Media, Security, Anti-graft Agencies, Federal Ministry of Justice, and relevant Civil Societies to ensure Fiscal transparency on the expenditure of the government at all levels.

The Chairman Board of Trustees, Center for Fiscal Transparency and Integrity Watch, Ambassador Angela Nworgu stressed the need for Media and Civil Societies to strengthen the existing Mechanisms to reduce Corruption in governance.

The Head, Asset Recovery and Management Unit, Federal Ministry of Justice, Hajiya Ladidi Mohammed who was represented by Mrs Bunmi  Naiyeju, said Media must be at the forefront in the Campaign against Corruption.

In a Presentation on Transparency and Integrity index 2021, the Executive Director, Center for Fiscal Transparency and Integrity Watch, Mr Umar Yakubu also urged Journalists to always dig deep into activities of Ministries, Department and Agencies of the government.

Also, the Director-General, Bureau of Public Service Reforms, Mr Arabi Ibrahim Dasuki who spoke on Deepening Fiscal Transparency measures: The Public sector Perspective maintained that Bureaucracy by the MDAs should not be a bottleneck for the Media but to help Journalists to ensure facts and Figures on Budget Processing and Implementation.

Other Participants believed that Fiscal policies have critical impacts on any nation’s economic, social and environmental outcomes, if adequately harnessed.

Reporting by Samuel Adeyinka, editing by Daniel Adejo