Stakeholders in the health sector have called on the Accountant General of the Federation to urgently release the $4 million budget approved by the Federal Executive Council (FEC) for the procurement of family planning commodities.
They made the call yesterday during a retreat organised by the Africa Health Budget Network (AHBN) in Lagos to review the draft national and state scorecards on the RMNCAEH+N Recovery plan, COVID-19 and Health Security Accountability.
The RMNCAEH+N Recovery Plan during COVID-19 accountability scorecard was developed through analysis of the 2022 federal government-approved budget, review and validation meetings, and independent monitoring of the activities of the RMNCAEH+N National Multi-Stakeholder Partnership Coordination Platform.
A statement from AHBN said the scorecard reported three categories; governance and leadership, budgetary allocation and disbursement; as well as accountability and transparency.
Chairman, National Advocates for Health (NA4H), Mohammed Usman, said non-governmental organizations, advocates and other critical stakeholders must find a way of talking to the government, the Ministry of Finance and in particular, the office of the Accountant General of the Federation (AGF) for the release of 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.