FGN-BUDGET-FGN, the Federal Government of Nigeria, FGN has started immediate preparation for the 2018 budget with the engagement and training of budget analyst officers in over 800 federal ministries, departments and agencies across the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Abuja.
At the commencement of the engagement and empowerment training programme exercise flagged off in Lagos State, the country’s commercial hub, the Director General, Budget Office of the Federation, Mr. Ben Akabueze, who was represented by the Director, Fiscal Policy, Budget Office, Mr. Anslem Anyanwu, while speaking said that the engagement and empowerment training exercise was steered focused on the use of the Government Integrated Financial Management Information System (GIFMIS) budget preparation module, which would be used for the first time to prepare the 2018 budget henceforth.
The Director, Fiscal Policy, Budget Office, Mr. Anslem Anyanwu, stated that, “We shall be training over 4,250 participants involved in budget preparations from over 800 Federal Government MDAs in six cities across the six geo-political zones of the country.
“We are quite excited about this development because for the first time since its procurement we shall be using GIFMIS budget preparation module. This is the first time the MDAs will be using GIFMIS to carry out both budget preparation and budget execution. GIFMIS will enhance the smooth and seamless linkage between budget preparation, submission, execution, monitoring, evaluation and reporting.”
Addressing journalists at the sidelines of the event, Supervisory Director, Budget Office, Mr. Ibrahim Iddrisu said, “Budget preparation in the last five years has been more or less a manual basis before uploading it into a GIFMIS system. We have been executing the budget on a GIFMIS but the preparation will be manual. It has been hectic. From last year there has been evolution where we have to prepare it online and then upload it into the GIFMIS.”
Ibrahim explained that the difference between the 2017 and 2018 budget preparations is the use of GIFMIS platform. The platform give seamless, no difficulty, using the same module within the same system from just preparation to execution.