PERL ECP Seeks Capacity Building In Budget Tracking, Monitoring

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    A member of PERL ECP, Ehis Agbon of Invicta FM, Kaduna making a presentation at the meeting on Tuesday October 16, 2018.
    By KATO P. LADAN, Kaduna
    The Partnership to Engage, Reform and Learn (PERL) Engage Citizens Pillar (ECP) has on the way forward, to consolidate on successes recorded,  has advocated for more capacity building for members, to better position them to contribute more.
    This was expressed on Tuesday October 16, at Reflection Session With Media on Agreed Action Points on Social Media Integration into Traditional Media Programming in Kaduna Is meeting held in Kaduna.
    An area they specifically requested for training is on budget tracking and monitoring.
     They expressed delight that they have successfully met most of the action points agreed at their last meeting.
    According to the group, part of the achievement includes the promotion of OGP in Kaduna State.
    The group comprising of media practitioners, also said that its engagement with the Kaduna State Commissioner of Finance Suleiman Abdul Kwari and the meeting was fruitful as they focus on good governance.
    They said that in their quest for better health services for Kaduna citizens, they monitored rehabilitation and equipping of the 255 Primary Healthcare Centres (PHCs) in Kaduna State.
    ECP informed that similarly, their massive involvement resulted to an unprecedented turn out  in voters  registration.
    Other areas they said they were successful, was in sensitizing citizens on the dangers of engaging in electoral offences.
    They said they need to do more in agenda setting, where they  identify communities and mobilize media practitioners to have first hand information and observation that will translate to reports that are likely to provoke intervention.
    “There is the need to further network among interest groups and individuals to produce more results
    “Need for judicious use of time especially when an event that involves media practitioners are organized, this will bring more results,” they added.
    They urged the civil society organizations (CSOs) to follow media outfits and share what journalists post.
    Ahead of the 2019 budget, they said there is need to pay advocacy visits to Kaduna State Assembly  and push for public hearing to ensure equitable distribution of projects in the state.

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