Kaduna State ranks 1st in transparency in public finance management, governance practices – AG

Kaduna ranked in terms of financial management and transparency in public finance management, governance practices for three years running, the state Accountant-General, Shizzer Bada, has said.Bada made this known at a town hall engagement with Civil Societies Organisations (CSOs)  and people from across the 23 local areas.He said that the state was more open to information pertaining to policy based fiscal strategy and budgeting; management of assets and debts; budget credibility; control in budget execution; accounting and reporting and external audit and legislative scrutiny.”

This town hall will further give people who seek the state financial  reports to see and to also have level of understanding and be able to access information on how the state resource are being utilise”We came in terms of transparency and accountability and also in terms of ease of doing business .”The Gov. Nasir El-rufai -administration, which is a people focuses government, is ensuring the active participation of citizens. “The of El-rufai on assumption of  duty, came up with a strategy to ensure that the state benefits from democracy.”

Today the state has a plan 2025. You all know that 2021 came with challenges coupled with the COVID-19 pandemic and the had to navigate“The state has done significantly well and emerged victorious in Internally Generated Revenue (IGR)  in 2020 with  over N50.7 billion,” she said.Bada said the capital execution rate for the state in the year 2020 rose to 90 per centShe noted that the state is rated  fourth  nationally in terms of IGR.Bada reiterated the ’s commitment to continue to promote the growth and the development of the state.Also speaking, Mr Yusuf Gaje, Leader of the of Associations for Leadership, Peace and  Development (CALPED) while giving an overview on accountability Reports and Opportunities for engagement, said the town hall will increase public awareness of the state plan for the citizensHe noted that it will also seek citizens’ feedback and validation of the 2020 accountability reports“

This will facilitate to engage with their for improved service delivery ” he saidIn goodwill message,  Mr Abel Adejoh, who is the representative of  Partnership to Engage, Reform and Learn (PERL) lauded the Kaduna state for taking the step for the engagementHe said that CSOs have the obligation to support to meet up to expectations while strengthening on how to get ”value for money”.

Adejoh said the organisation will continue to its responsibility of promoting  growth, reduce poverty  and deliver services to the citizenry (NAN)