Yobe will sustain transparency, accountability leadership – Gov. Buni
Story from Sa’adatu MAINA, Damaturu
Yobe State Governor, Honourable Mai Mala Buni, has assured that his administration would sustain the leadership position in due process, transparency and accountability in government transactions in Nigeria.
Buni stated this while speaking on the Overall Top Performer Award on State Fiscal Transparency Accountability and Sustainability (SFTAS) won by the state.
Governor Buni said his administration would continue to promote transparency and accountability in governance to have value for money on all expenditures.
“We are a state with low revenue and in dire need of infrastructure and services, we have to use our resources judiciously and transparently to achieve our set targets to improve the lives of our people,” Buni emphasised.
The governor commended the civil servants who believe and share in the vision and mission of his administration.
“I want to specially appreciate our civil servants who are the implementers of government policies and programmes, and for being on the same page with the government to achieve this great feat” he added.
Yobe state was presented with the Top Performer overall best state among the 36 states of the federation at a dinner organised for the 36 state governors last week.
The state’s performance in All Disbursement Link Indicators scored the overall best state for the ‘TOP Performer Award’
Mrs Zainab Shamsuna Ahmed, Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, who spoke on behalf of the federal government applauded the state governments for their performance in the ongoing SFTAS programmes that are producing positive results.
The federal government expressed delight that the $1.5 billion SFTAS programme, supported by the World Bank, had promoted the institutionalisation of fiscal reforms in the states.
She said the federal government celebrates the success of the SFTAS programme, adding that the presentation of the awards to best performing states in the successive Annual Performance Assessments was to spur the states to do more.
Other Disbursement Linked Indicators (DLIs) of the State Fiscal Transparency, Accountability, and Sustainability programme include citizen-based budgets, timely preparation and publication of annual budgets and audited financial statements, as well as, adoption of the National Chart of Account.
Meanwhile, the Director-General, Yobe State Bureau for Public Procurement, Alhaji Samaila Mai Adamu, has attributed the rating of the state as the Overall Best Top Performer state by SFTAS to the leadership role of Governor Mai Mala Buni on Due Process.
“Governor Buni has always insisted that every project executed by the state government must be checked by the Bureau to undergo the due process for transparency and accountability.
“I am glad that the Bureau has been performing its functions and responsibilities without hindrance or interference from the executive,” he said.
Samaila said Yobe State also won the best state in Due Process, Accountability and Transparency award from the Association of Public Procurement Practitioners of Nigeria (APPPN).
“This SFTAS award is a confirmation of the APPPN award that Yobe state has now assumed a new leading status in accountability and transparency,” Samaila said.