PSGFD Stresses Need for Transparency and Accountability in Public Sector By Patience Michael

 

Public Sector Governance Forum and Development Project (PSGFD), a World Bank sponsored project has stressed the need to improve transparency and accountability in the public sector.

The Bauchi State Project Coordinator of BPSGF, Mohammed Aminu Ibrahim while speaking at a three day communications strategy workshop held at Community Resource Centre Bauchi said the aim of the project is to reform the public sector by ensuring good governance, accountability and transparency.

He said the project consists of nine components which includes, public finance management, budget reform, external audit, accounting expenditure control and financial report, human resources management, integrated finance management information, identification of tax payer system and public procurement monitoring and evaluation development.

“There must be a public sector reform in the area of financial and human resource management with a view to ensuring efficient and effective in the management and utilization of public funds to achieve transparency, accountability and good governance for the people.

“We are working with this reform project to bring about change in our society to ensure accountability and good governance to the people and to ensure we have efficient law governing the management of funds,” he said.

Aminu Ibrahim said the project which was established in 2005 has completed its phase one in 2011 while the phase two which started in 2012 will end in 2017 adding that the project is being implemented in 11 states which include, Bauchi, Kaduna, Cross River, Adamawa, Kogi, Ondo, Ekiti, Imo, Kebi, Abia and Plateau.

Aminu described the project as a multi-centre project because it cuts across different Ministries, Department and Agencies.

He, thereby, urged all stakeholders to support the project in order to bring about desired change needed in the society saying “all hands must be on deck to change our system for the better.”