Stakeholders Tasked To Promote Fiscal Transparency, Accountability

Nigerian stakeholders have been tasked by the National Program Manager of the Partnership to Engage, Reform, and Learn (PERL), Ifeanyi Ugwuoke, to promote fiscal transparency and accountability for the gains recorded in the World Bank-supported program.

Ugwuoke, said citizens and government need to work together towards sustaining the program beyond its lifespan following the recorded gains.

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The States Fiscal Transparency, Accountability, and Sustainability Project for Nigeria is to strengthen fiscal transparency, accountability, and sustainability in the participating states.

According to Ugwuoke, PERL, a governance program of the UK Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development Office (FCDO) in collaboration with the Open Government Partnership (OGP), would continue to support transparency in governance.

The National Program Manager of Partnership to Engage, Reform, and Learn (PERL) has tasked critical stakeholders to sustain the gains being recorded by the World Bank-supported States’ Fiscal Transparency, Accountability, and Sustainability (SFTAS) Program.

The call was made in Kano on Wednesday at a two-day event to enhance citizens’ understanding of SFTAS-related publications.

He said the government and development partners had invested huge resources and reforms to strengthen the governance process and citizens’ engagement.

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According to him, citizens and government need to work together towards sustaining the program beyond its lifespan following the recorded gains.

Mr. Ugwuoke added that in collaboration with OGP Nigeria Secretariat and other critical stakeholders, PERL had developed a Guide to enhance citizens’ understanding of SFTAS-related publications by the state governments.

“The SFTAS program for results is coming to an end, and the critical question is how the laudable progress being recorded can be sustained beyond the lifespan of the program,” Mr. Ugwuoke explained. “Several efforts are being made by the various SFTAS implementing agencies to ensure that the government continues to supply citizens with the requisite information as prescribed by the program.”

He further noted that a crucial part of the sustainability of the SFTAS reforms “is the ability of the citizens to understand, analyse and use such information to hold the government accountable.”

Mr. Ugwuoke pointed out critical stakeholders are expected “to use the guide to increase citizens’ understanding of the documents so that they will continue to engage the governance process.”

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