The Bauchi state Head of Civil Service, Alhaji Yahuza Haruna has reiterated the commitment of his office towards entrenching public financial management in the State Civil Service.
Yahuza Haruna gave the assurance at the opening of a three-day Public Financial Management Capacity Workshop for top Bauchi state government officials organised by his office in collaboration with USAID’s Nigeria State Accountability, Transparency and Effectiveness (State2State) Activity.
The HoS who applauded USAID State 2 State Activity for collaborating with his office to come up with the workshop, promised that the state government will continue to partner with development partners in a bid to ensure good governance in the affairs of government.
“I welcome our participants to this very important workshop organized for the top government officials of Bauchi state and taking place here in Jose,
Plateau State. The Bauchi State Civil Service will be needing more of this training so that we could be better equipped in implementing physical responsibility and public procurement acts, which is one of the cornerstones of the current administration of His Excellency Governor Bala Mohammed”.
In a keynote address, the Secretary to the Bauchi state government, Barrister Ibrahim Kashim, represented by the state Commissioner for Budget and Planning, Aminu Hammayo said the state government was determined to excel in its financial management, boost internal revenue and mitigate linkages.
“The huge turnout of the participants for the workshop was a clear demonstration of the political will on the part of the state to change the narrative in respect to public financial management in the affairs of government”.
On his part, the State Commissioner for Finance and Economic Development, Modibbo Ahmed Abdulkadir said the state government is committed to blocking leakages in financial management, revenue generation for the execution of developmental projects.
“I am happy to say that, Bauchi State is one of the states that World Bank and other donors are implementing their programmes and therefore Ministry of Finance is ready to work in active synergy with its counterpart of Budget and the office of the Head of Service to ensure effective implementation of the projects”.
In a remark, the Deputy Chief of Party (DCoP) of USAID State2State Mr John Onyeukwu, while welcoming the participants, implored them to participate actively and contribute to all the presentations that would be made, which he said were based on the assessments of the status of Bauchi State with regard to public financial management in governance.
“One of the possible outcomes of the workshop will be a better understanding of the principles and practices of public financial management and the workshop will also expose participants to appreciate the role of good leadership in accountable, transparent and efficient PFM.