Kano state risks losing N6bn ($14.5m) for failure to meet 6 out of 13 Disbursement Linked Indicators (DLIs) in the implementation of State Fiscal Transparency, Accountability And Sustainability (SFTAS).
ALL IN ONE reports that SFTAS is a World Bank-assisted Programme seeks to promote public sector accountability and reduce corruption.
The SFTAS Programme was established by the federal government with the concessional World bank loan to support states to enhance their capacity to achieve the Disbursement Linked Indicators (DLIs) which are the Programme results.
The DLIs are derived from the country’s 22-Point Fiscal Sustainability Plan and the 14 Open Government Partnership (OGP) commitments aimed at strengthening fiscal transparency, accountability and sustainability across all States of the Federation.
The World Bank-assisted SFTAS Programme was principally to strengthen fiscal management at the State level, so as to ensure effective mobilization and utilization of financial resources, to the benefit of their citizens in a transparent, accountable and sustainable manner, thereby reducing fiscal risks and encouraging a common set of fiscal behaviours.
The DLIs aimed at: improved financial reporting and budget reliability; increased openness and citizens’ engagement in the budget process; improved cash management and reduced revenue leakages through the implementation of State Treasury Single Account (TSA); strengthened Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) collection; biometric registration and Bank Verification Number (BVN) used to reduce payroll fraud.
Others are improved procurement practices for increased transparency and value for money; strengthened public debt management and fiscal responsibility framework; improved clearance/reduction of the stock of domestic expenditure arrears; and improved debt sustainability.
The 24 beneficiary states are: Abia, Adamawa, Bauchi, Benue, Delta, Edo, Ekiti, Enugu, Gombe, Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Kebbi, Kogi, Kwara, Niger, Ondo, Ogun, Oyo, Osun, Sokoto, Taraba and Yobe States.
In 2020, Kaduna State achieved the highest number of results (nine) and got the highest share with N3. 960 billion, while Katsina and Benue got the lowest amount of N540 million each.
PERL trains CSOs and Journalists on SFTAS
In an effort to meet SFTAS Disbursement Linked Indicators before the end of this year, Kano state office of Partnership to Engage, Reform and Learn (PERL) has organised a two capacity building for Civil Society Organisations and Journalists.
The training was conducted between September 25 to 26 in Dutse, Jigawa state.
In his address the PERL-ECP State facilitator Yunusa Hamza said the main objectives of the training is to enhance the understanding of Non Sate Actots (NSA) on the roles and responsibilities of holding government to account.
Malam Yunusa Hamza
He said PERL provides critical support to Kano state in the implementation of the SFTAS.
Other objectives of the training according to Mr Hamza are “To strengthen and establish engagement between CSOs working around PFM reform and to acquire the OGP, NSA with the SFTAS DLIs.
“To develop an advocacy kit for engagements with government and wider citizens space.
“To enhance the understanding of NSA on the roles and responsibilities of holding government to account.
The meeting established that Kano state has so far fulfilled the provision under DLIs 1,2,7,8,10,11 and 12.