USAID State2State Activity Calls On Bauchi Govt To Sustain Intervention

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A group of participants brainstorming. Photo: Murtala Muhammad

By Murtala Muhammad

Participants at the 2024 to 2026 Medium Term Sector Strategy (MTSS) Development Workshop in Bauchi State have expressed determination to put into practice what they have learnt.

The five-day Workshop was organized by the state ministry of Budget, Economic Planning and Multilateral Coordination with support from USAID funded State Accountability Transparency and Effectiveness (State2State) Activity, Bauchi Field Office.

It drew participants from the Bauchi state’s Education, Health and Water Sanitation and Hygiene WASH Sectors.

The Director Corporate Planning, Bauchi State Urban Water and Sewerage Corporation, Hajiya Uwani Garba Dagauda said that the five-day engagement has widen her knowledge and gained more exposure on the budget process.

Director, Corporate Planning, Bauchi State Urban Water and Sewerage Corporation, Hajiya Uwani Garba Dagauda. Photo: Murtala Muhammad

Also speaking, the Director Planning and Programmes, State Ministry of Budget, Economic Planning and Multilateral Coordination, Lawal Bako Ahmed said the workshop was timely in view of the fact that the state was already working on its 2024 proposed budget.

Lawal Bako Ahmed, the Director Planning and Programmes, Bauchi State ministry of Budget, Economic and Multilateral Coordination. Photo: Murtala Muhammad

Lawal Ahmed noted that the five-day MTSS Development Workshop has given the participants from the respective MDAs, the required knowledge of the global best practice budget process.

He expressed optimism that the participants would put into practice what they have learnt and appreciated State2State Activity for the technical support being rendered to the state government.

On the participants’ assimilation throughout the five-day technical sessions, one of the facilitators, Mr Joseph Umoabasi said they have exhibited high sense of responsibility and dedication.

He expressed satisfaction that compared to last year when the first MTSS workshop was conducted in the state, there was remarkable progress from some of the participants.

On his part, the Public Financial Management PFM Specialist, State2State Activity, Mr. Isaac Otabor called on the state government to ensure sustainability even after the Activity’s intervention.

USAID funded State2State Activity is being implemented in Adamawa, Akwa Ibom, Bauchi, Ebonyi, Gombe and Sokoto states in three thematic areas of Education, Health and Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH).

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