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In Kogi, every kobo works, says Auditor-General

By Rosemary Ikwuje
16 November 2022   |   3:05 am
The Auditor-General (AuG) of Kogi State, Yakubu Okala, has said that every kobo earned by the state government works for the state and its peoples.

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The Auditor-General (AuG) of Kogi State, Yakubu Okala, has said that every kobo earned by the state government works for the state and its peoples.

Okala, who spoke to journalists after the state received World Bank’s Awards of Excellence, attributed the celebrated success of the state in the areas of fiscal transparency and accountability to self-discipline, as well as the institution of a transparent and accountable governance system by Governor Yahaya Bello from inception.

Commissioner for Information and Communications, Kingsley Fanwo, in a statement, yesterday, disclosed that Kogi won the Breton Woods’ institution awards in three categories – Fiscal Transparency and Accountability, Debt Sustainability as well as Domestic Revenue Mobilisation.

The awards were conferred on Kogi at the Federal Government/World Bank States Fiscal Transparency, Accountability and Sustainability (SFTAS) Dinner with Governors/Award Night, at Transcorp Hilton, Abuja, on Monday evening.

Fanwo said the SFTAS programme is to promote focus and attention of Nigerian states towards improvement of their PFM systems, processes and institutions.

“Kogi is blessed with an incorruptible governor, who also provides leadership from all fronts, a professional to the core that has surrounded himself only with persons that have the capacity to deliver,” he said.

“The philosophy of Governor Yahaya Bello is making every single kobo available work for the state; hence he has instituted self-discipline, as well as transparent and accountable governance system from day one of his administration,” the Kogi AuG said.

The National Programme Coordinator, Ali Mohammed, who signed the invitation letter to states, said: “The SFTAS programme has achieved important milestones with remarkable improvement in fiscal transparency and accountability, increased domestic revenue mobilisation, increased efficiency in public expenditure and strengthened debt management.”

The World Bank, in July 2021, had commended Governor Bello for refunding $4.63 million surplus funds under the Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management Project (NEWMAP).

In a letter of appreciation, signed by World Bank’s Regional Director, Shubham Chaudhuri, described the step as a sign of good leadership.

According to the World Bank, the governor’s action made it possible for the organisation to extend its projects to other states facing deficit funds and to extend the closing date of its projects.