NPA Reinstates Commitment to Transparent Budget Implementations

NPA's MD, Hadiza Bala Usman. Source -Google Images
NPA's MD, Hadiza Bala Usman. Source -Google Images
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(Last Updated On: 2016-11-14)

Nahimah Ajikanle Nurudeen

The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) at weekend reinstated its commitment to transparency in the implementation planning of the its budget.

A statement issued by NPA’s General Manager, Public Affairs, Chief Michael Ajayi,said the commitment according to the NPA’s Managing Director, Ms. NPA’s  informed the agency’s decision to signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with BudgiT Information Technology Network.

She noted that the move was part of measures to open up NPA’s budget for the public and provide Nigerians with all the necessary information during its implementation.

She explained that the MoU will assist the NPA in promoting transparency and accountability in all its operations.
According to her, the partnership is for  the development of an open budget system platform and implementation of a public data dissemination programme that will help the agency in blocking revenue leakages.
Usman stated that BudgiT’s reputation since 2011 it started had achieved feats in the space of socio-technological advocacy towards opening up of public budgets for citizens’ comprehension.

She informed further that the MoU would enable NPA to remain focus and deliver on its mandate to create more wealth for Nigerians.

Usman said the partnership would also assist the NPA as a critical organ in the economic artery of the nation to promote effective and efficient management of all its 24 terminals across the country.
She said, “The collaboration will ensure key researches, industry policies and innovations are effectively communicated. It will also ensure that critical data are generated and made accessible for policy makers, private sector actors, stakeholders and the general public.”

Meanwhile, the Lead Partner of BudgiT, Oluseun Onigbinde said, “NPA was the first revenue generating government agency to make its budget public and assured that the management of the NPA would no regret for keying into the programme.”
Onigbinde said the collaboration, apart from promoting probity, transparency and accountability, would also restore government and public confidence in the management of NPA.


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