President Muhammadu Buhari says the government will continue to work hard towards ensuring there is good governance and accountability at all levels of government.
He made the remark at the first anti corruption summit organised by Adamawa State governmnet, North-East Nigeria.
The President said: “It is very encouraging that a State Government on its own ventures into the subject matter of fighting Corruption deliberately, as well as transparently subjects its methods to the whole nation for detailed discussion.
“You may recall that on 29th May 2015, when I stated that we are faced with enormous challenges in this Country, with insecurity and institutionalised pervasive corruption being key and that my confidence remained high that together we will tackle them head on. As I had predicted, today I am proud to note that we have not relented in our determination to fight corruption. We are fixing our problems together.”
The President expressed delight at the fact that state governments have started keying into his anti-corruption programme.
“Even though under our system the Government cannot directly interfere in the details of the operations of States, but to see that the gross corruption at the local level is being checked and transparently reported is a thing of satisfaction and joy for me. We will try to ensure that, there is more responsible an d accountable governance at all levels of government in the country,” explained.
The Nigerian leader commended the Adamawa State government for leading the pack in that regard.
“I note with satisfaction the logical steps taken by Adamawa State Government in the last two and a half years to demonstrate that transparency, fiscal responsibility, accountability and timely delivery of strategic goods and services to develop the state and enhance the confidence of its people is a viable template to fighting corruption. Team work, the cordial relationship between the Executive and the Legislature, the respect and compliance with fiscal and procurement laws, the institutional reforms to improved efficiency, the drive to achieve value for money, as demonstrated by this administration, are worthy of note,” he stated.
President Buhari urged other state governments to adopt the Adamawa model along with all other winning approaches to enhance the progress and development of the country.
He said he was satisfied with the projects and progress he saw in Yola along with the reports and presentations, which he said gave him encouragement on the future of the State.
“To the Government of Adamawa State, I say well done and keep it up. To the people of Adamawa State, I congratulate you all on supporting the Government,” President Buhari said.
He encouraged the people to continue to give their maximum support to the State Government in its drive for a much better future.