The Rt.(Hon.) Barrister Onofiok Luke, Speaker Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, Dr. George Hill Anthony CEO NDEBUMOG, the Representatives of various MDA, RS-FADAMA, OSSAP-SDGs, NABRO, etc. and Local Governments Representatives, Ladies and Gentlemen, permit me to stand on all the established protocols.
It is with great pleasure that I make this opening remark on behalf of Oxfam in Nigeria, as we embark on this important exercise today. Let me start by expressing our profound gratitude to you all for making out the time to attend this event this two-Day event.
Oxfam’s mission all over the world is to foster a just world without poverty. In Nigeria, Oxfam works with and through Civil Society partner organizations in the areas of Economic Justice/Livelihoods, Humanitarian programming, Advancing Gender Justice / Female Leadership, and Public and Private Sector Transparency and Accountability Programme, while adopting a right based approach. We do this guided by the three pillars that underpin our work – empowered citizens, fostering participatory, transparent, and accountable governance and enabling men and women participate in and benefit equally from the process of development. We are only able to actualize this mission by working in collaboration with various actors and stakeholders – citizens, civil society organizations, international institutions, private sector players, governments amongst others. This is because the journey to a just world, and indeed a just Nigeria without poverty is one that no one entity can undertake alone. It requires broad based collaborations with everyone playing their respective roles to the best of their abilities. Governments must create an enabling context that expands the productive capacity of the economy,
The purpose of this training is to equip government workers and other Bureaucrats with the knowledge and skills in Gender Responsive Budgeting. The longterm aim is to move from a gender analysis of budgets to ensuring that all budgets are gender sensitive.
Why Gender Responsive Budgeting?
• Men and women lead different lives and do not enjoy equal rights and opportunities
• Experiences, needs and priorities are different
• Impact of policy will be different too
• But most economic decisions are made by men
• Economic theories are based on men’s lives not women’s lives
Benefits of GRB to Government?
• Improve accountability and transparency through proper monitoring
• Show commitment to gender equality
• Way of reporting on progress on gender equality commitments
• More balanced and sustainable development goals
• Prevent losses to the nation from policy failure due to unexpected gender impact
The planned two (2) Day training is funded by Oxfam’s Finance for Development (F4D) project under the Strategic Partnership Initiative supported by the Dutch Government, and being implemented in four states of Nigeria: Enugu, Rivers, Delta, Lagos States and the FCT. The projected longterm outcome of the project is to create a situation of improved policies and practices of government and private sector to result in reduced poverty and extreme inequality through more effective and efficient management of Nigeria’s tremendous resources and increased citizen participation.
Oxfam in Nigeria is very happy to welcome you to this important training event holding today and tomorrow. We also thank our partner (Niger Delta Budget Monitoring Group (NDEBUMOG), for their support and contributions towards ensuring that the planned objectives of this training are realized. We commend everyone who have made time to participate in this training. We urge you to please utilize the opportunity being offered to enhance your knowledge in the issue areas to be discussed, for the improvement of your state, LGAs, and your communities.
Oxfam once more welcomes us to this great occasion and look forward to our effective participation in the training.
Thank you and God bless you all.
Mr. Celestine Okwudili ODO,
Coordinator, Private and Public-Sector Transparency and Accountability Programme