By: David Nuakolo Flomo Jr/0886836401/davidflomojr17@gmail.Com
Held under the theme “Enhancing Accountability and Promoting Citizens’ Oversight on Budget Implementation”, Budget Liberia has climaxed one day town hall meeting in Gbarnga.
Addressing participants at the gathering, Abraham Varney, the country lead of BudgIT Liberia said, the meeting was intended to ensure that citizens are well informed on the budgeting process as a way of enhancing citizens’ understanding in order to become proactive in the governance process of Liberia.
During the meeting, citizens openly give their understanding on the national budget and put forth recommendations that stressed the need for proper monitoring over sartorial allocations.
Aimed at enhancing participants’ indulgence, BudgIT Liberia distributed copies of the simplified national budget for the Fiscal year 2022.
The meeting covered a comprehensive review of the approved 2022 national budget that is in the tone of (USD786.6million) and sources of revenue generation.
The one day town hall meeting brought together about fifteen(15) representatives from the Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), County Based Organizations (CBOs), Media practitioners as well as local government authorities and the communities.
Speaking at the end of the meeting, participants’ gratified BudgIT Liberia for the knowledge acquired; terming it as an eye opener.
“These kinds of gatherings are good because they help us as citizens to understand how government is using tax payers’ monies.
We are recommending that anytime you having such a gathering, you must please invite even one of our lawmakers to form part.
We want to appreciate BudgIT Liberia for this town hall meeting” they are quoted as saying in separate remarks.
BudgIT Liberia is a civic, nonpolitical, nonprofit organization that enhances citizens’ understanding of the national budget and matters of public spending using technology tools to raise the standard of transparency and accountability in government.
The one day town hall meeting was held at Passion Hotel#2 over the weekend.