By our reporter
The Cross River State Department of Budget, Monitoring and Evaluation has held a one-day consultative forum for stakeholders and citizens in preparation of the 2023 budget of the State.
Speaking at the forum, held recently at the conference hall of Cross River Geographic Information Agency, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Budget, Mr. Otu Otu-Ita said the essence of the forum was to create an avenue for financial experts, civil society organizations and citizens of the State to participate in the processes building up to the budgetary framework for 2023.
The Special Adviser informed that his office has made it a priority to have a yearly budget that is participatory and which reflects the yearnings and aspirations of the citizens of the State.
Mr. Otu-Ita encouraged participants in the forum to make robust inputs to ensure that the whole essence of the event is achieved.
The well-attended event drew participation from the State’s financial cluster (Ministry of Finance, Accountant-General’s Office, Internal Revenue Service, Office of the Auditor-General, Department of Due Process and Price Intelligence, Department of Debt Management), as well as civil society organizations, farmers association, etc.
After exhaustive stakeholders deliberations, the event climaxed with the review of the 2022 budget performance.