Gov Lalong explains why Plateau is the 2nd least corrupt state in Nigeria
Plateau State Governor, Rt. Hon. Simon Bako Lalong has stated that the rating of the state as the 2nd least corrupt state in the country by the Corruption Survey Report released by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) depicted it’s zero tolerance for corruption and validate the efforts of his administration towards good governance and accountability.
The governor in a statement signed by his Director of Press Affairs Dr Makut Simon Macham said the development validates the efforts of his Rescue Administration towards entrenching good governance accountability and transparency in the management of public funds.
He said “on assuming office, I declared my administration’s zero tolerance to corruption and our determination to ensure that public funds are used strictly for the benefit of the people of Plateau”
Governor Lalong said this led him to establish various mechanisms for checking corruption and enhancing transparency in public service adding that Plateau state was among the first states to adopt Treasury Single Account.
“We were among the first State in Nigeria to adopt the Treasury Single Account (TSA) where we made sure all monies accruing to Plateau State went to a single account for easy oversight and monitoring. We also established the Efficiency Unit that is saddled with the duty of checking all proposals and requests to ensure that they are in line with the vision of the Government and offer value for the people. We put in place the Bureau for Public Procurement which has the mandate of vetting all procurements to ensure that there are no wasteful and exaggerated costs” he said.
The Governor also explained that recently, he set up the Project Monitoring and Result Delivery Unit (PMRDU) domiciled in the Office of the Chief of Staff with a clear mandate to ensure diligent tracking of Projects and Programmes implementation by all the MDAs.
He added that the State has greatly improved the ease of doing business through the creation of the One-Stop-Shop as well as enhancing land transactions through the Strengthening of the Plateau Geographic Information Systems (PLAGIS) to operate electronically.
According to him, all these have contributed to an increase in revenue generation as most transactions of the State are done electronically thereby removing the incentives for corruption.
“This declaration by the NBS of Plateau State as the second least corrupt State in Nigeria is great news for us as it explains why domestic and foreign investors and foreign envoys are pouring into our State to do business and partner with us for various development efforts. In the last two weeks, I received the British High Commissioner to Nigeria, investors from Switzerland, Austria and Germany and just this morning, the Political Counselor at the US Embassy were in my office. We shall continue to make sure that we sustain this tempo and by the grace of God, Plateau State will be the least corrupt state in Nigeria when this survey is conducted next year” the Governor said.
Governor Lalong, therefore, thanked the people of Plateau State for their cooperation and support to the Rescue Administration in ensuring that there are peace and tranquillity which is making development possible.