By Lisa Masuku
Members of the public have implored government to prioritise quality healthcare service and modernisation of youth centers in the forthcoming 2022 national budget.
Presenting their submissions at a national budget consultation meeting this Wednesday, residents of Bulawayo said government should invest in quality, accessible and affordable healthcare.
“We ask the government to implement the Abuja Declaration so that it can revive our health sector,” a resident said.
Another said: “The 2022 national budget should invest more in ensuring people, especially vulnerable groups have access to health quality health services and facilities.”
Emphasis was also put on the need for the 2022 national budget to focus on the operationalisation of youth centers in line with programmes that speak to the needs of young people.
“If you take a look around most youth centers are closed, and even those that are operational the programmes that they offer are not in line with the needs and aspiration of today’s youth,” said another resident.
Matabeleland Section Finance and Budget Committee and Expanded Committee on SDGs Chairperson Dr David Parirenyatwa was impressed by the contributions.
“What happened here was quite impressive. We had a full house of people presenting their aspirations of the national budget,” he said.
The Finance and Economic Development Parliamentary Portfolio Committee is on a nationwide tour gathering people’s views on the 2022 national budget which is set to be presented by treasury next month.