The governor of Nasarawa State, Umaru Tanko Al-Makura, has commended President Muhammadu Buhari’s reform agenda, saying it has helped to bring sanity in the state and also save Nigeria billions of naira.
He stated this yesterday at the opening ceremony of the first International Conference of Department of Public Administration, Nasarawa State University, Keffi (NSUK), themed, ‘Public Administration In Time Of Reforms,’ which was organised to push reform processes and procedures of government agencies for better and citizen centred services.
Represented by his deputy, Mr Silas Agara, the governor said, “We have seen it clear that the system is working. It has save this nation billions of naira, dollars or pounds. One that comes to mind is the Treasury Single Account (TSA) which we have also initiated in Nasarawa State. We have over 50 MDAs in Nasarawa State but before we started implementing the TSA in Nasarawa State, you will find out that some of the MDAs have multiple accounts close to five or six. With the reforms, that has brought sanity to the system.
We have a consolidated revenue account where funds go into,” he added.
Speaking in her capacity as the keynote speaker, the head of Service, Federal Republic of Nigeria, Oyo-Ita Winifred stressed that public administration has a critical role to play in civil service reforms and the National Assembly.
According to her, “This has not attracted sufficient attention in the recent past. Importantly, however, is the fact that the role of public administration is connected to the responsibility of the state for creating conditions for national development, particularly sustainable development.”
The Emir of Keffi, Alhaji Dr Shehu Yamusa III, who is also the chancellor of the university appealed to youths to support regulatory government reforms and resist desperate political leaders, adding that a sound policy trust can guarantee a good future for Nigeria.
On his part, the clerk of the National Assembly, Mohammed Ataba Sani-Omolori who spoke in the capacity of chairman of the occasion said it is important for scholars and practitioners of public administration to appreciate the vibrancy and dynamism of “our rich cultural heritage in terms of institution building and governance. The time has come for social scientists to abandon Western ideas and theoretical frameworks which perceive indigenous political systems as inferior and inimical to progress”.
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