By Chinonso Alozie
Owerri—The 27 lawmakers of Imo State House of Assembly have started complying with the idea of an open budget system in the state.onfirmed this, yesterday, in Owerri, when Minority Whip of the House, Mr. Emma Orie, played host to a cross section of civil society organisations, led by Mr. Tony Ayoka.
Also investigations by Vanguard revealed that the meeting was as a result of the letters earlier sent to the lawmakers, requesting their support for open budget system in the state by Citizen Centre for Integrated Development and Social Rights, CCIDESSOR.
Orie, representing Ohaji/Egbema Local Government Area in the Assembly, described the move as “very good” and that the objectives were thoughtful and deserved the support of the lawmakers.”
He briefly said: “I will partner with you, I promise you I will partner with you. It is a very good proposal, if only they will allow it to scale through. You know how our government is being run in Nigeria. We will make it work.”
In his remark, Mr Ayoka, who led the team of the CSOs, said: “What we are asking for is nothing but for the lawmakers to take active part in the advocacy for open budget system in Imo State.
“We are pleading for the betterment of the society that our lawmakers should initiate a bill or motion that will throw the budget process in Imo State open.
“With this, the citizens can make inputs in the budgeting process. Let me tell you, it is because we don’t have open budget system, that is why we have abandoned projects everywhere.”
“If the lawmakers make the budget open as well as participate, the process of governance will improve. And the citizens will be active participants in the growth of the society.”