…As State2State Highlights Achievements in Akwa Ibom
By Ekemini Simon
The Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, has restated the legislature’s commitment to ensuring effective service delivery, through dedicated and practical oversight functions in the state.
The State Assembly made their commitment known through the Speaker of the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Aniekan Bassey at the opening of a 2-day legislative Oversight orientation workshop for Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly held on Thursday through Friday, February 10-11, 2022.
The Workshop was organised by State Accountability, Transparency and Effectiveness (State2State) and funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
In his remarks, the Speaker of the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly who was represented by the Chairman, House of Assembly Committee on Appropriation and Finance, Rt. Hon. Uduak Odudoh thanked State2State for the partnership with Akwa Ibom State and the State House of Assembly on enhancing their oversight capacity.
Odudoh said ” I must note that this is not our first training with State2State. The first was in Abuja and the training was very rewarding to our duties. We also had another training in preparation for the 2022 budget. All of the training has helped us perform better”.
He assured that the workshop would build the capacity of the lawmakers on how best to undertake oversight responsibility thus ensuring effective service delivery in the state.
“We would not take this training for granted. We are committed to take to heart the training we get here and be committed to our oversight responsibility”, the Speaker said.
Earlier, the state Commissioner for Finance and Chairman, state Transformation Committee, Mr. Linus Nkan, said the aim of the workshop was to ensure more collaborative measures towards sustaining the best legislative functions in the state.
Nkan noted that right from when State2State arrived Akwa Ibom, the State has witnessed successes and collaboration on key social sectors and fiscal governance.
He added ” At first, we thought we would get monetary incentives from USAID. But we have come to appreciate the fact that it is not just about money; rather they will help us to protect money and give it value when it comes.
On his part, the state team lead of State2State in Akwa Ibom State, Borve Paago- Imabel, said the workshop is geared towards enhancing the capacity of state lawmakers for effective oversight function.
He said the workshop was the foundation of a strategic engagement of the state House of Assembly for reforms in governance as designed by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
“This activity marks the commencement of a strategic engagement process with the state House of Assembly which will define and drive a need driven technical support process to this all important arm of government under the United State Agency for International Development – USAID’s flagship governance reforms activity – State Transparency, Accountability and Effectiveness Activity.”
Paago-Imabel noted that State2State has partnered with Akwa Ibom state government to further transparency, accountability and good governance in the last two years of its activities in the State.
He listed some of the achievements of the Agency to include: Development of State Budget Calendar, Standard Operations Manual for PFM MDAs and development of the Medium Term Expenditure Framework for 2022-2024 Fiscal Years.
Others include full migration of the 2022 state budget to the National Charts of Accounts template with support from Nigeria Governor’s Forum, support to Akwa Ibom state Internal Revenue Services in revenue expansion as well as state communication strategy.
The State Team Lead thanked the state governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel for provision of an office for the Agency as well as formation of the state Transformation Committee headed by the Commissioner of Finance Mr Linus Nkan.
The Workshop witnessed paper presentations by Prof. Vincent Onodugo and Mr. Harry Udoh.