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How SFTAS improves good governance at state level – OGP

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Tari Wills

Nasiru Yusuf

The National secretariat of Open Government Partnership (OGP) said the implementation of State Fiscal Transparency, Accountability And Sustainability (SFTAS) has significantly improved good governance at state level.

KANO FOCUS reports that an official of OGP Tari Wills revealed this on Thursday at a two day learning and sensitisation meeting for Civil Society Organisations citizens’ participation in participatory budgeting through the SFTAS programme organised by Kano state office of Partnership to Engage, Reform and Learn (PERL).

She recalled that “As at 2018 when the programme first started we have about only four states implementing budget on their websites, but today as at the last time Annual Performance Assessment report we have over fifteen state governments.

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“Progressively, we are seeing impact and we are seeing changes. We are hoping that by next year when the programme is coming to an end, these government that started these reforms would be able to continue and sustain it beyond the time limit.”

She charged Civil Society Organisations to ensure the sustainability of the reforms by asking right questions and making demands.

According to her “the objective of this programme is, if Civil Society Organisations know what government is publishing, they can use such document to hold government accountable. For instance on the budget circle, we are telling them that government will hold public consultation, and they have to be actively involved in this public consultation and budget process.

“They have to ask right questions. They have to use citizens budget to train other citizens who are not part of the public consultation to ask right questions to further hold government accountable and to ensure service delivery is actually improved through this process.”

In his remarks, the PERL-ECP State facilitator Yunusa Hamza said the training is to empower citizens, academic, traditional rulers and journalists how to engage government to ensure it access SFTAS grant.

Malam Yunusa Hamza

“One good thing about this, it will improve the economic status of the state, because this is a grant coming to the state without doing much.

“On governance, it will fill some gaps in our reform process. Because the fiscal financial management process has to be inclusive. What we are saying by inclusive, citizens group need to be involved. People need to be involved. People need to know, because these services are meant for them. One good thing is government is doing a lot, and citizens are not aware. So we want bridge this gap.”

SFTAS reform

State Fiscal Transparency, Accountability And Sustainability (SFTAS) is a World Bank-assisted Programme seeks to promote public sector accountability and reduce corruption.

The SFTAS Programme was established by the federal government with the concessional World bank loan to support states to enhance their capacity to achieve the Disbursement Linked Indicators (DLIs) which are the Programme results.

The DLIs are derived from the country’s 22-Point Fiscal Sustainability Plan and the 14 Open Government Partnership (OGP) commitments aimed at strengthening fiscal transparency, accountability and sustainability across all States of the Federation.

The World Bank-assisted SFTAS Programme was principally to strengthen fiscal management at the State level, so as to ensure effective mobilization and utilization of financial resources, to the benefit of their citizens in a transparent, accountable and sustainable manner, thereby reducing fiscal risks and encouraging a common set of fiscal behaviours.

The DLIs aimed at: improved financial reporting and budget reliability; increased openness and citizens’ engagement in the budget process; improved cash management and reduced revenue leakages through the implementation of State Treasury Single Account (TSA); strengthened Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) collection; biometric registration and Bank Verification Number (BVN) used to reduce payroll fraud.

Others are improved procurement practices for increased transparency and value for money; strengthened public debt management and fiscal responsibility framework; improved clearance/reduction of the stock of domestic expenditure arrears; and improved debt sustainability.

The 24 beneficiary states are: Abia, Adamawa, Bauchi, Benue, Delta, Edo, Ekiti, Enugu, Gombe, Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Kebbi, Kogi, Kwara, Niger, Ondo, Ogun, Oyo, Osun, Sokoto, Taraba and Yobe States.

In 2020, Kaduna State achieved the highest number of results (nine) and got the highest share with N3. 960 billion, while Katsina and Benue got the lowest amount of N540 million each.

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Gov Yusuf vows to fish out perpetrators of thuggery in Kano

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Nasiru Yusuf Ibrahim

Kano State governor, Alhaji Abba Kabir Yusuf, has vowed to investigate and fish out perpetrators of political violence, threatening that the government would not spare anybody, irrespective of their political parties.

KANO FOCUS reports that Gov Yusuf made this known on Friday when he received the Emir of Kano, Aminu Ado Bayero, who paid the traditional homage at the government house as part of the Hawan Nasarawa activities.

He then promised to work hand in hand with the emirate while noting their contribution and cooperation with the government.

Commissions of inquiry not targeted at opposition

Governor Yusuf, has said that the Commission of Inquiry created by his government to investigate political fights that led to killings in 2023 and to investigate the alleged diversion of public funds was not meant to witch-hunt anyone, but to re-write the wrong

He said the commissions were set up to ensure transparency and accountability in government and to tackle the menace of political violence in the state.

According to him, the move was to put an end to political violence, which leads to the loss of lives and destruction of properties and to place the state on the path of economic and political development

Earlier, the Emir commended the government for the distribution of palliatives, which he said to a large extent cushioned the hardship among the residents while calling for adjustment where necessary.

Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero,

Emir Bayero condemned in totality the trend of horse riding, thuggery, phone snatching, and other internal crimes that, according to him, led to the loss of lives and properties.

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Dangote donates bags of rice to 48 charity groups in Abuja

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Nasiru Yusuf Ibrahim

Continuing its National Food Intervention Programme, the Aliko Dangote Foundation has facilitated the distribution of thousands of bags of rice to beneficiaries and vulnerable Nigerians in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, with no fewer than 48 charity organizations and orphanages involved in the process.

According to the company’s spokesperson, Anthony Chiejina, the initiative represents a continuation of the Foundation’s commitment to supporting the government and the Nigerian populace in alleviating economic hardship within the country.

Mr. Chiejina noted that following the National Flag-off events in Kano and Lagos, the Foundation initiated the distribution of one million bags of rice throughout all the local government areas in Nigeria last month.

The coordination of the distribution exercise in Abuja is being undertaken by the 1Ummah Foundation, led by Mrs. Azeeza Hassan-Jibril.

Speaking to newsmen, Mrs Jibril said some of the groups that are supporting the ADF in the distribution exercise are: Hope for survival Children’s Home Gishiri, Child to Child Charity Foundation, Gajiya Charity Foundation, Mission for Education, Social and Health (MESH), JADAFIA Group, Network of Women with Disabilities (NWD), Dagam Pilame Community Association, Eeqra Foundation/Orphanage, Leprosarium-Yangoji, Support our troops (SOT) Foundation for widows, Karmajiji Disabled Colony, Bimbola Nutrition and Health Foundation, NASFAT Foundation, and JIBWIS Group among others.

Mrs. Jibril said the donation will greatly and positively impact on the beneficiaries in Abuja.

Reacting, Lead Program Officer of the Mission for Education, Social and Health (MESH), Mrs Khadija Oladipupo, said the rice donation has helped “nourish and uplift those in need within our communities.”

“Together, we’re making a meaningful difference in the lives of our population, especially those in need,” she said.

In her response, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Gajiya Charity Foundation, Hafsat Umar Gimba, expressed gratitude, describing the intervention as a generous assistance.

She said: “Receiving the items you sent has brought immense relief and comfort to the less privileged in the society during these hard times. Your kindness and compassion have touched their hearts profoundly. The rice provided have eased their burdens and provided them with the necessities they desperately needed.

“Knowing that there are individuals and organizations like ADF and 1Ummah who care deeply about the well-being of others fills me with hope and renewed faith in humanity. May you continue to be blessed abundantly for your noble work, and may your kindness inspire others to lend a helping hand to those in need.”

In the same vein, Administrative Secretary, Movement for Islamic Culture and Awareness (MICA), Adeniyi Akeem Akanbi, said: “we sincerely appreciate your support for the rice given us to share among our members and people of Lugbe environs. We say Jazakah lahu kayran to the Dangote foundation and pray Allah reward the organization abundantly.”

According to the President of Network of Women with Disabilities (NWD), Lois Auta, “Your commitment to supporting marginalized communities, particularly women with disabilities, exemplifies your dedication to social responsibility and compassion. Through your donation, you have not only alleviated the immediate needs of those in our network but also demonstrated solidarity and empathy towards our cause.”

Meanwhile, the President of the JADAFIA Group Mrs. Rakiya S Bamalli said: “I want to express our heartfelt appreciation for the generous donations provided by the Aliko Dangote Foundation during the holy month of Ramadan.

“The contributions have enabled us to expand our Ramadan outreach programs, including the distribution of food packages, iftar meals and essential supplies to families and communities facing hardship. This has made a significant difference in our efforts to provide relief to those in need within our community.”

Responding, representative of the Bimbola Nutrition and Health Foundation Mr. Femi Akosile said: “We take this moment to appreciate Aliko Dangote Foundation for the provision of 10kg bags of rice for distribution to the less privileged and vulnerable groups.

“Your contribution has made a significant impact on our efforts to support those in need in our community. The rice has been distributed to families and individuals who are experiencing food insecurity. We want to sincerely say that your partnership and commitment to making a positive difference in our community are truly inspiring, and we are honored to have had the opportunity to work with you.”

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Kano governor reappoints Ogan Boye Special Adviser Youth

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Nasiru Yusuf Ibrahim

 

The Governor of Kano State, Abba Yusuf, has reappointed Yusuf Shu’aibu Imam popularly known as Ogan Boye, whom he sacked amidst tension associated to judgement of governorship electoral petition tribunal.

KANO FOCUS reports that the governor’s spokesperson, Sanusi Bature, on Tuesday, announced that Ogan Boye was reappointed to his previous office.

According to the spokesperson, the governor also approved the appointments of additional special advisers and other heads of government agencies.

Former chairman of Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) Bayero University, Kano branch Pofessor Ibrahim Magaji Barde was appointed Special Adviser on Internally Generated Revenue (IGR), Dr Abdulhamid Danladi was appointed Special Adviser on Diaspora and Bello Muhammad Kiru was appointed Special Adviser on Water Resources.

Other appointees include Nura Jafar Shanono, who moved from Special Adviser Water Resources to Managing Director of Water Resources Engineering and Construction Agency (WRECA).

Nasir Mansur Muhammad was appointed Director General, Small and Medium Enterprises(SMEs) while Aminu Hamidu Bako Kofar Na’isa is to serve as Deputy Managing Director of the Kano Agricultural and Rural Development Authority (KNARDA).

Mukhtar Yusuf was appointed the Deputy Managing Director of the Water Resources Engineering and Construction Agency (WRECA).

Baba Abubakar Umar was moved from Special Adviser to the governor to Executive Secretary Private and voluntary Institutions Management Board.

 

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