BUDGET TRANSPARENCY: EKITI MOVES FROM 28TH TO 4TH POSITION

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Ekiti State now ranks as the fourth most Budget transparent State in
Nigeria according to the 2020 Nigerian States Budget Transparency
Survey undertaken by the Civil Resource Development and Documentation
Centre (CIRDDC).

The Centre’s ranking was based on a number of factors including
contents and public availability of budget documents, involvement of
citizens in the budget process, and public access to state procurement
information.

According to the 2020 survey which is the third edition of the
Nigerian States Budget Transparency Survey, Ekiti State moved 20
places up from the 24th position in 2018 to 4th position in 2020, a
ranking which apparently reveals the commitment of the Dr. Kayode
Fayemi-led government in the State to transparency, accountability and
citizens’ participation in governance.

The survey report indicated that 26 States improved their disclosure
of budget information by scoring five points or more in comparison to
2018 while 9 states experienced drop of points.

The Centre attributed the development to the failure of the affected
States to publish budget documents online; questioning why the
documents were no longer considered publicly available.

Budget documents which boosted Ekiti State ranking include the
publishing of State Draft Budget Estimates, State Appropriation law,
State Approved Estimates, State Quarterly reports, State
Auditor-General’s report, State Accountant-General’s report, State
Mid-year report, and State Citizens budget.

This gave Ekiti State 60% in the 2020 Nigerian States Budget
Transparency, with the use of the state government website
www.ekitistate.gov.ng as a platform for publishing important public
documents.

According to CIRDDC, public participation in the budget process is
integral to producing legitimate, inclusive and responsive state
budgets.

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