El-Rufai Tasks LG Auditors-General on Transparency, Accountability

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The Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, has tasked local governments auditors-general

on the need for greater fiscal transparency and accountability.

Speaking at the 25th Annual Conference of Auditors-General of Local Governments on Tuesday in Kaduna, the governor said there cannot be a better time and a greater need for fiscal transparency and accountability than now.

According to him, accountability and transparency are the cornerstone of his governance reforms since he came into office in 2015.

“That is why we implemented the Treasury Single Account in September 2015, and have automated our procurement process, began digitizing the land registry and prohibited cash collection of government revenues,” he said.

He said the state government is also a keen participant in the World Bank-assisted State Fiscal Transparency, Accountability and Sustainability Programme (SFTAS) programme.

According to him, Kaduna State was the first to sign up to the Open Government Partnership “and we have real-time monitoring of our projects all around the state”.

“I am particularly proud to say that Kaduna State was adjudged the best in implementing SFTAS, having completed nine out of 11 key performance indicators,” he added.

El-Rufai said his administration has recorded “steady strides to increase our capacity to collect Internally Generated Revenue (IGR)”, adding that IGR had been raised from N13 billion in 2015 to N44 billion in 2019 without hiking tax rates

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