Kaduna ranked first 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 government 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 a level of understanding and be able to access information on how the state resources are being utilized.
“We came first in terms of transparency and accountability and also in terms of ease of doing business.
“The Governor Nasir El-Rufai led-administration, which is a people focuses government, is ensuring the active participation of citizens.
“The government of El-Rufai, on the assumption of duty, came up with a strategy to ensure that the state benefits from democracy.
“Today the state has a plan until 2025. You all know that 2021 came with challenges coupled with the COVID-19 pandemic and the government 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 cent.
She noted that the state is rated fourth nationally in terms of IGR.
Bada reiterated the government’s commitment to continue to promote the growth and the development of the state.
Also speaking, Mr Yusuf Gaje, Leader of the Coalition of Associations for Leadership, Peace Empowerment and Development (CALPED) while giving an overview on citizens accountability Reports and Opportunities for engagement, said the town hall will increase public awareness of the state plan for the citizens
He noted that it will also seek citizens’ feedback and validation of the 2020 citizens accountability reports.
“This will facilitate citizens to engage with their government for improved service delivery,” he said
In his goodwill message, Mr Abel Adejoh, who is the representative of Partnership to Engage, Reform and Learn (PERL) lauded the Kaduna state government for taking the step forward for the engagement
He said that CSOs have the obligation to support the government to meet up to expectations while strengthening citizens on how to get value for money.
Adejoh said the organisation will continue to discharge its responsibility of promoting growth, reducing poverty and delivering services to the citizenry.