Fiscal Transparency: FG disburses N352b to states

The federal government has disbursed the sum of N351. 6 billion to state governments under the States’ Fiscal Transparency Accountability and Sustainability (SFTAS).

The SFTAS, a Programme of the World Bank was initiated in 2018 in order to encourage state governments to adopt fiscal measures that conform with openness and accountability in public finance administration.

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The National Programme Coordinator, Mr. Stephen Okon, disclosed this while briefing Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), on SFTAS programme sustainability, in Abuja, at  the weekend.

Fielding questions from journalists, Mr. Okon said “SFTAS had started disbursing the second tranche of the $750 million long ago and in fact it might interest you to note that up till now about N262 billion naira have being disbursed to states as grants for achievements made in respect of the what we call the Disbursement Linked Indicators (DLIs)”.

He added that SFTAS was “in the process of making more disbursement for the 2020 Annual Performance Assessment (APA) and the 2021 APA. The 2021 APA which we expect to disburse in October will be the last of this disbursement”.

The World Bank had made $1. 5 billion available to the federal government with which to encourage the state governments to be more accountable.

On the possibility of extending the programme, Mr. Okon said that there was no clear position yet, while noting its impact on public finance management at the level of the second tier of government.

According to him, “The programme has achieved so much in building transparency, accountability and sustainability amongst the states particularly in terms of accountability”.

All the states now publish their budget and their end of year account on a timely basis and we also have had all the states improve their internally generated revenue”.

“In terms of building a basis for comparison among the states, we have all the states currently on the same page in terms of matters that relate to the TSA, matters that relate to procurement law, matters that relate to audit law, almost all the states in the federation now have all these in place and it has really promoted accountability and transparency amongst the states of the federation”.

The Coordinator added that as part of its strategies to ensure the sustainability of fiscal reforms, the SFTAS Programme Coordination Unit of the Federal Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning was engaging stakeholders on the demand side like the CSOs who could ensure that fiscal transparency and accountability were sustained in state public finance management.


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