Yobe To Sustain Transparency And Accountability Leadership -Gov. Buni
By Usman Bello, Damaturu
His Excellency Hon. Mai Mala Buni CON, the executive Governor of Yobe state 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 responding to 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 emphasized.
The governor commended the civil servants who believe and share the vision and mission of his administration.
‘I want to specially appreciate our civil servants who are the implementors 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 organized 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 programme and producing positive results.
The federal government expressed delight that the $1.5 billion SFTAS programme supported by the World Bank has promoted institutionalisation of fiscal reforms in the states.
She said the federal government celebrates the success of the SFTAS Programme and 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, Alh. 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 insist that every project executed by the state government must be checked by the Bureau to undergo 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).
STFAS is a world Bank programme organised by the federal government in checkmating the use of states allocations judiciously and Yobe state happens to be among the state that won the transparency and accountability award which was presented by the minister of finance, Budget and National planning, Mrs Zainab Shamsuna Ahmed.
“This SFTAS award is a confirmation of the APPPN award that Yobe state has now assumed a new leading status on accountability and transparency” Samaila said.