OrderPaperToday – The imperative of permeating the tenets of fiscal responsibility and prudent management of resources to the sub-national levels of government formed the principal output of a two days sensitization workshop put together for stakeholders in the South-west geopolitical zone of the country.

The workshop was  as part of its on-going strategic plans to sensitize critical stakeholders in different parts of the country to buy into the fiscal responsibility initiative particularly by the Sub-National Governments.

The workshop with the theme, “Fiscal Responsibility, Transparency and Sustainable Development at the Sub-Nationals” was organized by the Fiscal Responsibility Commission and facilitated by OrderPaper Nigeria.

The event held in Ikeja, Lagos from 1 to 2 November, 2021 and was the second in the series of zonal sensitization workshops planned for the six geo-political zones of the federation. The first was held in Kano from 25 to 26 October, 2021.

Participants at the workshop were drawn from both State and Non-State actors such as Legislators, Commissioners of Finance from the South-West geo-political zone, Commissioners of Budget and Planning, Commissioners of Local Government Affairs, Accountants General and Auditors General of States (in the zone), , relevant Permanent Secretaries in the South West, representatives from the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation, Auditor General of the Federation, Budget Office of the Federation as well as Anti-Corruption Agencies like the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), and the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission ICPC).

Three presentations were made on the topics:

(a) Strengthening Fiscal Transparency and Accountability through the FRA, 2007;

(b)  Sub-Nationals and the Fiscal Responsibility Act: Mainstreaming for Sustainable National Development; and

(c) The imperative of Fiscal Transparency and Accountability in sustainable Development of Nigeria’s 36 States.

A welcome address was delivered by the Chairman of the Fiscal Responsibility Commission (FRC), Mr. Victor Muruako, Esq, who said the aim of the programme was to expand and deepen the frontiers of fiscal responsibility, transparency and accountability to sub-national levels of government in Nigeria.

There were goodwill messages from Mr. Sunday Olajide, Chairman Ondo State House of Assembly Committee on Finance and Appropriation, Mr. Alfred Oguntoye, Chairman, Ekiti State Fiscal Responsibility Commission, Mr. Toyin Raheem representing the Civil Society Organizations, Mr. Emeka Okonjo, Deputy Zonal Commander, Lagos Zone representing the Executive Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and Mrs. Adebimpe Ogunlumade, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Finance, Osun State.

Download the full communique here.

Below are some pictures of the event while you can view and download more images here.

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