By Ibrahim Sidi Muh’d

Civil Society Organizations including Northern Youth Assembly and Budget Working Group have jointly in strong terms condemned the action of signing 2022 budget secretly by Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara State.

In their separate swift reactions, both the groups have kicked against the claim by the present Matawalle-led administration of running an opened door policy and all inclusive government as even the general public were denied access to pay their contributions towards the formation of the 2022 budget.

Reacting, the Chairman Northern Youth Assembly (NYA), Comrade Mannir Haidara, said Zamfara has never witnessed an administration under which a budget was processed even to the stage of signing into law by the Governor but all in secret.

“We stand to condemned these actions involved by the State House of Assembly and the State Governor for skipping public hearing where contributions by the benefitting citizens were compiled and later make deliberations upon by the lawmakers for better outcome.

“We don’t know the kind of government that is running the affairs of Zamfara State, because what has transpired on the 2022 budget has confirmed to the world that, the budget being a public document has been personalized.

The reactions by the concern groups followed a video clip which was eventually posted on Youtube that featured Governor Matawalle signing some documents including the 2022 budget into law which was contrary to the constitutional definition of steps unto managing public funds.

Contacted for comment, the Special Adviser to Governor Matawalle on Media and Public Enlightenment, Malam Zailani Bappa dismissed the accusations, saying the 2022 budget was not signed secretly as the pressure groups claimed.

“The budget was duly signed by the Governor under heavy presence of all constitutionally needed personalities, like the Speaker of the state house of assembly in company of all honorable members, the SSG, Head of Service, all State Executives and some media representatives”, Malam Bappa has stated.