The dream of ensuring a dedicated budget line for Family Planning in Taraba state is almost a reality as the sum of thirty million Naira has been budgeted for family planning in the 2019 budget by the State House of Assembly
This was made known yesterday by the state chairman of the Advocacy Core Group (ACG) of Family.
Planning, Ahmed H. Kara, at a two day Budget Tracking, Monitoring and Process Training and Advocacy Core Group Work Plan Development Meeting, organized by the Taraba State Primary Health Care Development Agency (TSPHCDA) and supported by The Challenge Initiative (TCI).
Though the approved figure is little, Kara said, “It is good to start from somewhere as donor agencies are more interested in the commitment of the state governments.”
He charged the group on the need to advocate for timely release of the budgeted fund. Lauding the efforts of the government for giving priority to FP in this year’s budget, he is optimistic that there would be an increase in subsequent years, but is sure that the allocated funds would be geared towards it’s aims and objectives.
The State Programme Coordinator (SPC) of TCI, Othman Sarki, opined that budget planning and monitoring is very vital for the realization of the mapped out plans for FP in the state and the nation at large.