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  • Updated: May 27, 2024

Kaduna OGP Week: Governor Sani pledges to enhance transparency, accountability

Kaduna OGP Week: Governor Sani pledges to enhance transparen

Kaduna State Governor, Uba Sani has expressed his commitment to enhancing transparency and accountability in governance.

The governor who stated this on Monday in a statement marking the commencement of the state's Open Government Partnership, OGP, Week commended stakeholders for sustaining advocacy to enhance transparency.

He said: "The week of 27th to 31st May 2024 will be the first OGP Week of our administration. A major pillar of our Governance Agenda in Kaduna State is Nurturing Citizens Engagement. 

"We want to carry the people along in decision-making processes, especially on how their resources are allocated and expended. 

"We recognize the important and strategic role of citizens, especially organized civil society in holding government accountable and accelerating growth and development. 

"This is because achieving substantial dividends in terms of delivery and allocation of social/public goods, transparency and accountability, and tackling corruption are contingent on civic and political forces creating demand-side pressure for changes in public policy."

While emphasizing that his administration has placed a premium on accountability, Governor Sani highlighted his administration's effort to promote accountability and transparency.

He said: "The Kaduna State Government has taken certain steps to institutionalize transparency and accountability in the public sector. 

"It has created effective policy and legal frameworks, strengthened the public procurement process, and has been strategically engaging civil society organizations. The measures taken are as follows:

"i. Kaduna State is the first sub-national to sign on to the Open Government Partnership (OGP) in Nigeria. OGP is a multilateral initiative that aims to secure concrete commitments from national and sub-national governments to promote open government, empower citizens, fight corruption, and harness new technologies to strengthen governance. 

"Kaduna State is also the first sub-national in Nigeria to join COST, the Infrastructure Transparency Initiative. COST is one of the leading global initiatives improving transparency and accountability in public infrastructure. CoST works with government, private sector and civil society to promote the disclosure, validation and interpretation of data from infrastructure projects. 

"ii. Kaduna State has adopted the International Public Sector Accountability Standards (IPSAS) developed by the International Public Sector Accountability Standards Board (IPSASB). IPSAS are a set of accounting standards for use by public sector entities in the preparation of financial statements.

"The adoption of IPSAS has improved accountability and decision-making in Kaduna State. Kaduna State is the first state to migrate from a cash basis to an accrual basis of accounting in Nigeria. Accrual basis accounting recognizes revenue and matching expenses when they are generated, not when money actually changes hands. 

"iii. Our administration recently signed the Mutual Accountability Framework (KaMAF) between the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) and the Kaduna State Government. 

"The Kaduna Mutual Accountability Framework (KaMAF) aims to improve coordination between the Donor Community and Kaduna State and support the delivery of the Kaduna State Development Plan 2021 - 2025.

"Through KaMAF, we shall monitor concrete reforms that support good governance, peace and security, reduce poverty through human capital development (particularly Health, Education, Social Protection), and improve economic recovery and investments in Kaduna State. The MOU will further strengthen our partnership, enhance transparency and accountability, and impact positively on the lives of our citizens.

"iv. Our administration recognizes the importance of Information and Communication Technology in driving economic growth, improving the lives of the citizens, and ensuring transparency and accountability in governance.

"Consequently, we have taken several steps to promote ICT in the state. These initiatives include: Establishment of the Directorate of Information and Communication Technology, Launching of the Kaduna State ICTDigital Strategy, and Kaduna State ICT Policy."

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