Civil society organisation trains Lainya councilors on financial Acts

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[Lainya, South Sudan, TCT] Society for Civic Development, a civil society organization conducted a short training to acquaint legislators of Lainya County in Central Equatoria State on financial Acts in order to enable them securitize and monitor county finances and budget. The first of its kind training workshop which started on Monday and concluded on Wednesday, enlightened the councilors on different Acts such as local government, CPA –comprehensive peace agreement and public finance and expenditures. Ladu Denis Michael, the speaker of Lainya county legislative council, said “the training focused on understanding the oversight of the county and public budget, planning and accountability.” This is in reference to the guiding financial laws and Acts of the nation. Denis said councilors will be able to use their new knowledge, using the financial management manual to monitor the utilization of the grants and public finance by the local government. “There is need for enlightening them [country legislators] on these areas of financial management so that they are competent in performing their oversight role in monitoring the county budgets and planning unit” Denis said, while calling for more trainings for the law makers to widen their knowledge in work. However, the speaker said inadequate resources is hampering the efforts of the councilors who are volunteers; hence financing some sittings of the council has been a challenge. One of the councilors, Nelson Kwaje, testified that he acquired some basic knowledge and skills on budget monitoring. He said they will be able to scrutinize county plans and expenditures. “We in Lainya County are committed to accountability and we are urging the organizations in the county to train us on service delivery. We are grateful for the service of this organization”, he acknowledged. Kwaje stressed the need to equip the councilors on recruitment process, thorough monitoring of all financial transactions, legislation and strategic plans. Meanwhile, the program officer of Society for Development, Victor Alex, said the training was funded by integrity action-UK and Just Africa, adding that they are looking forward to organize similar capacity building training for the councilors in the near future. Alex said they had earlier trained councilors as community program managers. “Once we finish training them, then we see how best they can practically put the training into practice”, he said. Lainya county commissioner Augustino Kiri Gwolo officially opened the workshop on Monday, the press secretary said.
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