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The Bauchi State Governor, Senator Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed, on Wednesday assured development partners that his administration is committed to promoting good governance for the benefit of citizens of the state.
The governor made the affirmation at the virtual launching of USAID Nigeria, State Accountability, Transparency & Effectiveness (State2State) activity at the Emergency Operation Centre (EOC), Bauchi.
Governor Mohammed, according to his media aide, Muktar Gidado, informed that his administration had already introduced various public service reforms to improve fiscal discipline in public procurement, debt management and implementation of fiscal responsibility law and practises reflected in the state’s budget processes.
This, the governor said, was to eliminate and block leakages and waste in recurrent and capital budgets.
He added that the state government introduced the Treasury Single Account (TSA), tax administration, which had assisted in eliminating multiple taxations and shoring up additional sources of revenue in the state.
According to Gidado, Governor Mohammed submitted that all the measures had enhanced accountability, reduced corrupt practices and ensured fiscal discipline in public service in the state.
The governor further informed that the state government had signed the state’s Fiscal Transparency, Accountability and Sustainability (SFTAS) for results project in collaboration with the World Bank, adding that the government had continued to meet its core indicators on the disbursement link indicators dashboard.
He assured that the state government remained committed to meeting its obligations to development partners for improved service delivery.
“Bauchi State maintains cordial relations with various donor and multilateral bodies and organisations. The government is committed to meeting its counterpart obligations regardless of the lean cash inflows to the state, especially for improved service delivery in the critical sectors of education, health and WASH which are of primary interest to this government and the State2State activity,” Governor Mohammed was quoted as saying.
On the importance of the State2State project, the governor described it as a welcome development that would reinforce and sustain government reform programmes in the state.
Governor Mohammed said his administration was committed to partnering with USAID in implementing the project and informed that it had instituted a transformation committee headed by the Secretary to the State Government for effective implementation.
In a keynote address, the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Hajiya Zainab Shamsuna Ahmed, congratulated USAID for the launching of the project and described it as a timely initiative that would go a long way in strengthening the governance system in benefiting states.