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the Ahoada Atakeholders Roundtable for Budget monitoring for Sustainable Development took place at Sam Royal hotel Ahoada on the 21st of September 2005. The session commence with the arrival and registration of participants. In attendance were, the representative of the Local Government Chairman Ahoada East (Secretary to the L.G. Chairman), the acting Permanent Secretary Local Government Service Commission, representative of the Commissioner for budget/Economic  planning, the Leader of the Legislative Assembly, members of various CSO’s as well as other stakeholders. The registration processes include the distribution of the training Kit / manuals to participants.

There was the recognition and invitation of special guests to the high table. The opening address was taken by the Local Government Chairman Chief (Hon) Stephen U. Ihua – Maduenyi. In his speech, he welcomed everyone present and expresses his happiness that this program had come up at this time. He said that was the best opportunity to catalogue some of their achievements. He highlighted some of the projects they had budgeted for to meet the needs of their people and they included the Youth Empowerment Programme, Women Empowerment Programme, Provision of Drugs and Health Equipments amongst others. He said that it is their utmost desire to meet the needs of their people. He concluded with a prayer asking God to grant everyone safe journey back home.                                                                                                                                                                                 

During the welcome address by Mr. Kuna Porokie of CEDSI – Nigeria, he thanked all those present for finding time despite their extremely busy schedule to come and partake of this process. He shared with them the purpose and objective of the workshop and he further implored the participants to be committed to the fight for transparency and openness towards promoting sustainable development. There was a Keynote address by the representative of the Honourable Commissioner of Budget / Economic Empowerment and Development Strategy (RIV. SEEDS), Mr. Gabriel Okosemiema. In his address, he acknowledge with gratitude the high level committee the World Bank has shown to develop the capacities of Local enthusiasm the councils have shown to make best use of the opportunity. He said he hoped that the enthusiasm demonstrated would be translated into practical action by adopting best practices in budget preparation and monitoring that would be demonstrated by the able resource persons.

He categorically stated that for budget allocations, it is necessary to include all beneficiaries in the budgeting process. He said to achieve this, there should be a channel of communication from the grassroots to the Local Government, state Government and then to the Federal Government otherwise there would be a possibility of executing a necessary but not urgent project.

Soon after the keynote address came the presentation of papers which ran through 11:00am till 3pm after which the thirty minutes break for lunch.

                          Communiqué Session

Soon after lunch, the participants were then grouped for the communiqué session. Soon after this came the post evaluation questionnaire where the participants evaluate the organisation and content of the workshop. (Sample of questionnaire and result of findings attached).

The closing prayer and vote of thanks was done by Mr Kuna Porokie of CEDSI Nigeria. He expressed satisfaction that the programme had come to an end successfully and implored the participants, resource persons and CEDSI personnel had a grouped photograph and the session was formally declared closed.




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