Prince Abubakar University Teaching Hospital Anyigba currently under construction by the administration of His Excellency, Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State. *** Governor Yahaya Bello at work on the age-old erosion ravaged section of the road from Anyigba to the headquarters of Dekina LG and to the neighboring Bassa LG.*** Ultra-modern General Hospital, Under Construction At Isanlu-Yagba East LGA-Kogi State. Similar projects ongoing simultaneously in two (2) other locations in the state, ie, Gegu in Kogi LGA and Eganyi in Ajaokuta LGA*** The World Bank commended Governor Yahaya Bello for refunding $4.63 million surplus funds under the Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management Project (NEWMAP)***  This app, is an Audio/visual excursion into the stewardship of His Excellency, Governor Yahaya Bello*** 

Kogi Wins World Bank’s Fiscal Transparency, Revenue Mobilisation Awards

Kogi State has won the World Bank’s awards of excellence in three categories – Fiscal Transparency and Accountability, Debt Sustainability and Domestic Revenue Mobilisation.

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

The objective of the World Bank’s State Fiscal Transparency, Accountability and Sustainability Program is to promote focus and attention of Nigerian States towards improvement of their PFM systems, processes and institutions, a statement on Tuesday, signed by the Commissioner for Information and Communications in Kogi State, Kingsley Fanwo, said.

The Auditor-General of Kogi State, Yakubu Okala, who spoke to journalists after the award ceremony 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 the inception of his administration.

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

He further 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.

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