By Jude Njoku
Lagos State Governor, Mr Babatunde Fashola (SAN) has warned accountants in Lagos State against leaking sensitive information that would jeopardize both their personal and state interest.
The governor who spoke weekend at the 4th Accountants retreat reminded them of the oath of secrecy they swore to which set the limits to their activities in the service of the state. According to the governor who was represented by the Head of Service, Alhaji Yakubu Balogun, it would against their interest and that of the state to make themselves agents of information leakage.
He enjoined them to support governmentâ€™s efforts by promotingÂ prudence, accountability and transparency in their businesses as financial managers.
Fashola assured them of the preparedness of government to continue to provide the enabling environment for them to discharge their duties to enhance the revenue generation capacity of the state.
He noted that the financial engineering in the state has become more efficient and effectiveÂ due to the activities of accountants in Lagos State Civil Service adding that the State was complementing this with the upgrading of the Oracle Financial modules to Oracle 12i.
â€œOur achievements over the years could not have been possible without the positive contributions of you, the accountants. You have not only brought your financial management expertise to bear in your activities, you have also ensured that funds were disbursed and efficiently managed to meet developmental projects at the right time,â€ he said.
Earlier, the Commissioner for Finance, Mr. Rotimi Oyekan commended the accountants who are posted to the various ministries in the state for their contribution in the realization of the dream of the state. Part ofÂ the success is the successful execution of budgets of over N400 billion for two consecutive years with over 70 per cent success recorded.
He also noted that Lagosians are beginning to pay their taxes which calls for more responsibilities to be assigned to the accountants for the work ahead.