The Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) organized One-day Capacity Building for Abuja Municipal Area Council Legislators on Gender Sensitive Budgeting and Law Making. The session aimed at enhancing capacity of AMAC legislature towards gender sensitive budgeting and law making. The session drew over 30 participants from AMAC legislature (including Honourable Speaker and other Committee Chairs) and Civil Society Organisations. It featured Dr. Michael M. Abu as the lead presenter and other discussants. After exhaustive deliberations on various thematic issues, the following observations and recommendations were made:
- Budget remains a paramount aspect of day-to-day planning of human activities, primarily to satisfy the needs and priorities of the people and achieve economic development.
- As related to budget, legislature has the fundamental functions to ensure effective oversight; scrutinizing the approving loans and their implications; maintain surveillance on budget implementation by the executives; and engage constituents to understand their needs and priorities.
- Women remain under-represented in policy and decision making of government at all levels.
- Persistent mismanagement of bilateral and multilateral loans in Nigeria has resulted in deficit budget, backpedalling development at all levels.
- Although AMAC is viewed as a well-funded Council in the country, however, AMAC legislative oversight and intervention on gender and other related issues is hampered by inadequate funding.
- Ensuring gender sensitive budgeting through equal participation by all citizens inspite their gender distribution
- Equal opportunity for women participation in all sectors through massive education, policy implementation, and legislation domestication and implementation.
- Implementing Violence Against Person Prohibition Act by AMAC legislature to provide for the right of women and children.
- Direct allocation to AMAC from the Federation Account to provide for the citizens’ education needs and priorities.
- Proper understanding of moral and cultural setting of AMAC by the existing and upcoming FCT administrators to adequately provide for the needs and priorities of the citizens.
- Enhancing education budgetary allocation by AMAC legislature to adequately provide for effective educational system and encourage participation by women in the Council.
- Effective collaboration between AMAC and Civil society groups to create synergy and formidable force demanding accountability from relevant authority and maximize opportunity for the citizens.
- Well defined and formulated mandates by AMAC to clarify its existing over-lapping functions with Federal Capital Development Administration; and allow for full-fledged outreach of the Council’s mandates.
- Encouraged persistent interactive session by AMAC with CSOs to support the Council in the performance of its mandates.
The participants expressed their appreciation to CISLAC for embarking on the session and to Heirinch Boll Stiftung for providing the support to the all-important program channeled towards enhancing capacity of Abuja Municipal Area Council Legislators on Gender Sensitive Budgeting and Law Making. Participants expressed gratitude to the organizers noting that the engagement was revealing and indeed an opportunity to begin to create bigger conversation amongst the citizens in the Council.
- Auwal Ibrahim Musa (Rafsanjani)
- Executive Director, CISLAC
- Hon. (Mrs.) Prince Alice Okpo
- Legislator, AMAC
- Hon. Suleiman Ogado
- Legislator, AMAC
- Mrs. Jemina O. Ariori
- Peter Harison
- Joyful Transformation Initiative