By Mahmud Gambo Sani
Kano State Government has reaffirmed its enthusiasm to support the ongoing State and Local Government Reform (SLOGOR) Projects to ensure their effective implementation in the state.
The State Deputy Governor, Alhaji Nasiru Yusuf Gwauna gave the assurance while receiving a delegation of the reform project who paid him a courtesy visit in his office.
Gawuna stressed that as the programme has only a year to wind up, the state government would use every opportunity at its disposal to drive the most expected benefits.
He also said that the administration of Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje would continue to ensure proper coordination and cooperation among the benefiting states, requesting the team to outline areas that need the state’s intervention to strengthen full implementation of the programme.
“I equally wish to implore you to consider the possible extension and additional finance while planning the frame work of your activities and be indicated in report of your review,” he urged them.
The Deputy Governor, being the Commissioner of the State Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources has opined that some similar projects being implemented under his ministry such as the Fadama programme and Commercial Agricultural Development Project also need to be extended considering their importance on national economy.
He further stressed the need for SLOGOR, the state legislatures and other stakeholders to be fully involved and work together to streamline financial activities in the state.
Earlier, the Task Team Leader of the programme, Mr. Ekechukwu Ewenze informed the deputy governor that they were in his office to discuss on the potential benefits that could be derived by the state when the programme is given the needed support and implementation.
He also maintained that one of the aims of the project was to support easy administration and effective governance in the country.
He commended the administration of Dr. Ganduje for all the supports and cooperation being given to the programme in the past two and half years of its commencement.
State and Local Government Reform Projects was initiated to among other issues reform the public financial management system as it relates to proper planning and implementation of budget and expenditure in states and local government areas.