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World Bank honoured Kogi with fiscal transparency award: Official

The awards were in fiscal transparency and accountability, debt sustainability and domestic revenue mobilisation.

• November 16, 2022
Yahaya Bello
Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello

The Kogi government announced it won the World Bank’s Awards of Excellence in three categories.

Information commissioner Kingsley Fanwo, in a statement on Tuesday, said the awards were in fiscal transparency and accountability, debt sustainability and domestic revenue mobilisation.

According to him, the awards were conferred on Kogi at the federal government/World Bank States Fiscal Transparency, Accountability and Sustainability (SFTAS) Dinner with Governors/Award Night, held at Transcorp Hilton, Abuja.

“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,” said the national programme coordinator, Ali Mohammed. 

According to the statement, Yakubu Okala, Kogi’s auditor-general, attributed the success to “self-discipline.”

It added, “It is also a result of the institution of a transparent and accountable governance system by Governor Yahaya Bello from the inception of his administration. The state is blessed with an incorruptible governor who also provides leadership from all fronts; a professional to the core who has surrounded himself only with persons with the capacity to deliver.”

The statement explained that the governor “does not condone any form of abuse or misuse of the state’s resources at the disposal of every responsible officer.”

(NAN)

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