By Ishaq Hardawa
The USAID Nigeria, State Accountability, Transparency & Effectiveness (State2State) activity on Monday seek for the support of the Bauchi State Ministry of Finance and Economic Development for proper and effective implementation of all the components of the project in the state.
The state team leader of the project, Mrs Rabi Ekele made the request when she paid an advocacy visit to the Commissioner for Finance in his office.
Mrs Rabi Ekele told the finance Commissioner that the project is being implemented in the six selected states of Bauchi, Ebonyi, Gombe, Sokoto, Akwa Ibom and Zamfara for improved good governance.
“Honorable Commissioner Sir, we are here in your office to officially brief you on the implementation of our project in Bauchi State and to solicit for your support and cooperation for us to implement the project effectively.”
She said implementation of the project will help in improving financial management system which will include, budget planning, budget transparency, internal control and financial reporting and debt management among others.
“We have so far implemented many programmes under the project and with the commitment and support of His Excellency, Governor Bala Mohammed to us we are confident that we will achieve the set objectives.”
Responding, the Finance Commissioner, Honorable Modibbo Abdulkadir Ahmed who welcomed the implementation of the project in Bauchi, assured of his Ministry’s support for it full implementation.
The Commissioner also told the development partner that the administration of Governor Bala Mohammed is committed to promoting good governance for the benefit of citizens of the state.
Honorable Modibbo said the administration had since 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.