Speaker, Kwara State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. (Dr.) Ali Ahmad and Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Public Accounts, Kingsley Chinda, have confirmed participation as panelists at this month’s budget colloquium to chart paths of reform for Nigeria’s budgetary process.
The Colloquium is conceived by OrderPaper.ng, Nigeria’s premier independent parliamentary reporting portal to address contentious issues on the Budget and will bring together several top government officials from both arms of government to share ideas, perspectives and experiences on the Appropriation process as dictated by the 1999 Constitution (as amended).
The high-profile event billed to hold on September 26, 2016 in Abuja will attract attendance and participation from critical stakeholders in the Executive, Legislature (National and State Assemblies), Academia, Media, Nigeria’s Development Partners, Civil Society Organizations, Community-based Organizations, Private Sector and other stakeholders, including political operators across partisan divides.
While Speaker Ahmad is billed to speak on the panel on ‘Budget and Constituency Projects’ Mr. Chinda will join other key stakeholders to discuss the keynote address to be delivered by Minister of Budget and National Planning, Sen. Udoma Udo Udoma whose paper will focus on ‘Budget as a tool for efficient Executive-Legislature relationship.’
Before becoming Speaker of the Kwara Assembly, Dr. Ahmad was Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Justice in the 7th Assembly and had served as Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice under the administration of Senate President Bukola Saraki as governor of the state.
Kingsley Chinda on the other hand, is a ranking member of the House of Representatives from Rivers State and has been a versatile lawmaker and stabilizing influence in the lower chamber as a respected member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The Colloquium will be chaired by Governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Tambuwal while Speaker, House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara is among other top dignitaries from the National and State Assemblies as well as Executive arm of government confirmed to attend the event.
According to Mr. Oke Epia, Publisher/Editor-in-Chief of OrderPaper.ng, “the focus on the budget at the Colloquium in September is a deliberate attempt to shift the focus on the budget towards reforms that will make the process work for the overall benefit of the majority of Nigerians.”
The Colloquium, tagged ‘The Gallery’ is a signature programme of OrderPaper.ng conceived to provide a platform for various stakeholders in the democratic project to cross-fertilize ideas and proffer suggestions and solutions on thorny issues bordering on the triumvirate of Legislature; the Executive; and the Electorate.
The broad Objective of The Gallery is to provide a forum to smoothen rough edges towards better inter-governmental relations and improved cooperation for the ultimate benefit of democracy and the Nigerian nation in general.
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