Stakeholders urge FG to release $4 million family planning budget

Health sector stakeholders have called on the Federation Accountant General to urgently release the $4 million budget approved by the Federal Executive Council (FEC) for the purchase of family planning commodities.

They made the call yesterday at a retreat organized by the Africa Health Budget Network (AHBN) in Lagos to review draft national and state dashboards on the RMNCAEH+N stimulus package, COVID-19 and the responsibility for health security.

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The RMNCAEH+N recovery plan during the COVID-19 Accountability Dashboard was developed through analysis of the federally approved 2022 budget, review and validation meetings, and independent monitoring of activities of the national coordination platform of the multi-stakeholder partnership of the RMNCAEH+N.

A statement from AHBN said the scorecard reported on three categories; governance and leadership, budget allocation and disbursement; as well as accountability and transparency.

National Advocates for Health (NA4H) Chairman Mohammed Usman said non-governmental organizations, advocates and other key stakeholders must find a way to talk to government, the Ministry of Finance and especially the accountant’s office. General of the Federation (AGF) for the publication of the approved budgets.

Dr. Aminu Magashi Garba said investments in family planning will save the lives of women and children, and also lead to prosperity for all.

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