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The Kaduna State Government has been ranked first in the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) Accountability Index, the State Fiscal Transparency and Accountability Program (SFTAS) as well as the 2021 survey on the transparency and integrity index (TII).

Finance Commissioner Alhaji Muhammad Bashir Sa’idu, who revealed this when launching the ministry’s new finance function, said ICAN’s rating was in 2018 and 2019.

Alhaji Bashir noted that the rating “is a framework for assessing public financial management in Nigeria”.

The auditor also noted that “ we have complied with IPSAS on an accrual basis to prepare and present our financial statements since 2016. ”

According to him, Kaduna state was “ranked first on a list of 24 states assessed under the State Fiscal Transparency and Accountability (SFTAS) program and the rating agency FITCH”.

Kaduna State was also ranked first in the 2021 Transparency and Integrity Index (TII) survey conducted by the Center for Fiscal Transparency and Integrity Watch (CeFTIW). The state obtained 76.67% to achieve this position, ” he added.

Alhaji Bashir said the ranking is “a true demonstration of the type of leadership ethics, qualities and dynamism of His Excellency the Governor in instituting public finance management policies and programs in the state”.

The commissioner also said that the state is the leader in tax transparency, as “the ranking and report of the Open States of the Public and Private Development Center (PPDC) ranked our state as the first in Nigeria in budgeting and open procurement ”.

According to him, the government is ensuring participatory budgeting by citizens, implementing data standards on open contracts, improving the ease of doing business and developing a citizen feedback portal.

Alhaji Bashir added that the government has attracted around $ 2.6 billion through domestic and foreign investment following the Kaduna Investment Summit (KADINVEST) initiated in 2016.

Kaduna State is ranked number one in Ease of Doing Business by the World Bank’s Doing Business 2018 report due to the Open Government Partnership initiative.

“The unprecedented increase in internally generated revenue (IGR) by the Kaduna State government in six years from N11.7B to N50.7B (2020) is due to the combined fiscal policies adopted in this administration” , he added.

ICAN, ANAN and CSO praise El-Rufai

Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State has been praised by professional bodies, civil society organizations, development partners and the legislative arm of government for instituting a strong accounting system upon taking office.

The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) has revealed that Kaduna State always emerges first in all its accountability indices, as its financial records are always up to date and are kept in an orderly and transparent manner.

ICAN National President Ms. Comfort Olu Eyitayo, who said this during the unveiling and presentation of the new finance function of the Kaduna State Ministry of Finance, praised the governor’s vision.

The President of ICAN who was represented by Malam Haruna Yahaya on 2sd The institute’s deputy vice president further said that other states were complaining about its favorable rating for Kaduna state, advising that “they should also do what Kaduna is doing.”

In his goodwill message, the Director of Operations of the Association of National Accountants of Nigeria (ANAN), Dr Musa Ahmed Muhammad, said that Kaduna State has an effective strategy, risk management and management. financial operations.

Likewise, Dr Titilayo Fowokan, Board Member of the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria (CITN), said the institute has adopted Governor El-Rufai as one of their own, having been the keynote speaker during the its Annual General Meeting (AGM) in 2020 which held in Lagos and hosting the event in Kaduna in 2021.

According to her, there is no compulsion to voluntarily pay taxes like taxpayers seeing the dividends from the taxes they pay, which are visible in various infrastructure developments across the state.

Dr Fowokan pointed out that the increase in Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) is a testament to the fact that people in Kaduna state feel their taxes are in good hands, adding that CITN is delighted to collaborate with the Kaduna State government in capacity building.

Also speaking at the event, Mr. Joshua James, Co-Chair of the Open Government Partnership (OPG), recalled that Kaduna State was the first subnational to sign with the partnership in 2016.

According to him, Governor El-Rufai has shown that the best legacy a leader should bequeath is to enact good laws and implement policies as well as execute programs that will have an impact on the population.

Mr James praised the governor for giving citizens the opportunity to contribute to the budgeting process, adding that the Kaduna State Assembly had held a public hearing on the 2022 budget, which he held. described as the best citizen budget in the country.

For his part, the Deputy Speaker of the Kaduna State Assembly, Dr Isaac Auta Zankai, said that there is mutual respect between the executive and legislative branches of government, based on principles.

Dr Zankai, who said he was proud that Kaduna State is celebrated at the event for being the first in almost all public finance matters, pledged that the legislature will always cooperate with the executive to the good of the people.

Dr Tajudeen Abbas, a member representing the Zaria Federal Constituency, said Governor El-Rufai always accompanies federal lawmakers in whatever he intends and does.

According to him, the governor meets with members of the National Assembly once every two months, which has also prompted lawmakers to work hard in their mission.

Dr Abbas said that because of this inspiration, Kaduna state lawmakers from both chambers of the National Assembly have accumulated the highest number of bills in the country.

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