6 January 2013

Nigeria: Civil Servants Demand Prudent Fiscal Management

Civil servants in the Federal Ministry of Power said that the challenges of poor budget management can be minimized by putting in place proper and timely budget planning and an effective budget implementation system.

Issuing a communiqué at the end of a training programme on Public Financial Management and Expenditure Control organised for the staff of the ministry in Lagos, they also suggested that ensuring strict adherence to Public Procurement Act Provisions will be a good strategy for sustaining sound procurement activities in Public Sector.

In addition, they suggested that there should be proper and adequate documentation of receipts of government revenue and that there should be an effective control system to safeguard government revenue.

Further, they suggested that erring Public officers should be disciplined, there should be regular training and retraining of Public Officers, anti-corruption institutions should be strengthened, and there should be conducive working environment for Public Officers, among others.

The participants said if the suggestions in the communiqué were followed, they would result in dynamism, sanity and improvement in public financial management and expenditure control.

Earlier in her welcome address, the Managing Consultant of Lighthouse Consulting Limited, Mrs. Rebecca Chijioke said that sound arrangements for organisational finance were key to organisational competence, sustainability, effectiveness and acceptability by the stakeholders.

In a statement by Dave Emelike, Public Relations Officer of the firm, she told the participants that the purpose of the workshop was to enable them tackle financial problems by making constructive, cost-effective and strategic financial decisions that would impact positively on their organization in particular and the public in general.

For purposes of achieving the above objectives according to her, the course programme was arranged in modular form of six as follows: sources and Utilization of Funds, Financial Control in the Public Sector, Financial authorities and their responsibilities in the public sector, Budgeting and Budgetary control, Due process and its implication on Public Financial Management and Designing Effective Internal Control System in Public Sector.

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