Imo introduces Open Budget System

The administration of Emeka Ihedioha in Imo State, has commenced an open budget system, to bring to the people of the state an open budgetory system.
This was disclosed Monday, by the state Commissioner for Budget and Economic Planning, Mr. Reginald Ihebuzor, while speaking in an interview in his office.
He explained the need for Imo citizens to be part of the state budget system, adding that it makes, also for transparency and accountability, which is a cardinal policy of the administration.
Mr. Ihebuzor revealed, that for the past years of the life of the former Governor Okorocha’s administration in the state, people were in the dark about the budget system and the results of the audits of the state government accounts.
He went further to say that, “unlike the administration  of Rochas Okorocha, the administration of Rt. Hon Emeka Ihedioha, has resolved to always maintain the policy of transparency and accountability.”
He revealed that however that, from last Friday, his office has engaged the Office of the Auditor-General, to look at accounts between  2013 and 2018.
The Commissioner directed the budget office of his ministry to go ahead and make public their accounts of these past years so that Imo citizens, will know what was being budgeted for, and how their funds have been spent.
Continuing the Commissioner noted that the reason Okorocha’s administration did not release audited accounts for the past years, was because he (Okorocha) had operated a lot of fiscal issues under secrecy for the purpose of misappropriating the state fund”.
According to him, “work on the 2020 budget has commenced”, adding that the implication of this openness, is that Imo people will follow the state budget system and its expenditure, which is in line with Governor Ihedioha’s policy of openness, transparency and accountability.