FIGHT AGAINST CORRUPTION: GOVERNOR MATAWALLE ESTABLISHED BUREAU FOR PUBLIC PROCUREMENT

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Zamfara State Executive Governor Hon. Dr Bello Mohammed MON (Matawallen Maradun) says the Finance and General Purpose Committee FGPC which used to give contracts in the state under past administrations was marred with corruption and sentiment which led to poor service delivery to the people of the state.

The governor stated this today in Abuja while declaring open a 5-day Training on Public Procurement Conversion organized by TABRIZ Procurement Solutions Ltd which held at the Public Service Institute of Nigeria.

He said it became very pertinent and important for his administration to block all forms of leakages through the replacement of the FGPC and its replacement with Bureau for Public Procurement which is in tandem with globally accepted modern standard practice.

He noted that this will further ensure prudent and transparent management of public resources which he described as the basic element of good governance and facilitate the smooth dispensation of the state’s Treasury Single Account which had already repealed the law that provided for the jumbo upkeep allowances to former governors, their deputies, former speakers and their deputies as recommended by the 2019 Transition Committee on the state’s Public Service Reform.

Matawalle who was represented at the event by the state’s Head of Civil Service, Alhaji Kabiru Balarabe explained that under the law establishing the bureau, contracts bidding will be open and competitive which will boost the confidence of investors and other business partners in the state.

He assured that his administration will continue to put all the necessary structures in place in order to protect public interest as well as collaborate with institutions like the Public Service Institute of Nigeria in capacity building for efficient service delivery.

He called on the participants to avail themselves in the opportunities provided by the training so as to join hands with government in protecting public resources from vested interests, prejudice, ignorance, corruption, laziness, complacency and outright dishonesty that would undermine government’s efforts in correcting the mess caused by the oast administration.

He recalled how he took over leadership of the state amidst insecurity and very decimal investment in education that left the state battered and damaged.

The governor also urged communities in the state to continue to work in harmony with his leadership to harness the potentials of the state, restore integrity of the state and ensure the security of all and sundry.

The opening ceremony which was attended by the Commissioner of Finance, Hon. Rabiu Garba and many senior government officials, also drew 46 civil servants as participants from Zamfara.

YUSUF IDRIS GUSAU
Director General, Media Public Enlightenment and Communications.
Government House, Gusau.
15th February, 2021

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