By Muhammad Hamisu Abdullahi
Kano State House of Assembly has been hailed for its courage to live up to the expectations of the citizens of the state.
The recent commendation came to the way of the Assembly by Kano Budget Working Group for what it called the passage of Public Procurement Law in the state by the House.
Contained in a statement from the Programme Officer of the group, Malam Akibu Hamisu, which was available to The Triumph in Kano, the letter to that effect, described the action of the Assembly as a commendable step towards adopting as well as adapting global best practices.
“This is a clear testimony of the reform-driven leadership you provide, which in turn will trigger improved service delivery in the state,” the letter which was addressed to the Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Engr. Hamisu Ibrahim Chidari by the group has noted.
It said as representatives of citizens’ groups advocating on strengthening the public financial management system of the state, the budget working group found it necessary to commend the House for the passage of the law.
“Sir, while appreciating this milestone and your steadfastness in making the process more inclusive and participatory, we look forward to having you and the larger House in facilitating engagement with the Executive to see to the formation of an implementation committee that will facilitate the take up,” it prayed.
It also prayed for the actualization of the law and the House to prompt passage of other bills such as the Debt Management and the Revenue Codification Bills.
The group said the gesture would enable the state to deliver on the World Bank’s States Fiscal Transparency, Accountability, and Sustainability (SFTAS) Disbursement Linked Indicators (DLIs), as scheduled.
The group “is a coalition of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), academia, media, professionals and Community Based Organisations (CBOs) working in the area of strengthening good governance, transparency and accountability through advocacy to improve budgetary system that is equitable, open and participatory,” the statement further explained.
It appreciated both the legislative and the executive arms of the state government for making citizens group in the state, especially the civil society proud by the action, which they described as commendable.