The Taraba state governor, Arc Darius Ishaku has reaffirmed his commitment to enhance open door policy for transparency and accountability at all levels in the state.
This was made known at a workshop by Open Government Partnership under the theme “Government Partnership State Action Plan” where the governor was represented by the Commissioner for Budget and Planning, Mr Solomon Elisha.
Elisha said that the administration of Gov Ishaku in the state prioritises open door policy to enhance transparency where rooms for questions on budget and their placements on proposed projects are opened to citizens for scrutiny.
He said the government’s resolve to improve digitalization through upgrading of government’s website alongside those of Ministries, Departments and Agencies in the state was to enhance transparency, making it a sphere of development assessment for citizens where funds allocated to government outlets and how it was spent are mostly published.
The Commissioner said the government ran the most transparent Appropriation bill in 2021 as adjudged by reputable economic experts while making comments in our social media handles, drawing references to how the ministry of Budget and Planning placed emphasis on critical sectors like Health, Education and Agriculture.
Elisha eulogised the openness of Gov Ishaku in giving free hands to the Fiscal Responsibility Commission and other related departments in the state to always ensure that transparency in deals involving Budget and Planning, and execution of projects are allowed to pass through due process.
He said it was against the backdrop of accountability and transparency being championed by the government that the state is ushering in development partners to the agriculture and water sectors, bearing in mind that their monies will be judiciously expended on useful projects.
The former commissioner said government would not relent in opening its policies for public assessment and constrictive criticisms owing to the achievements the open policy system has brought, adding that it was through the system that projects that are more important to the people are often separated and executed.