By Naomi Uzo
Niger State Governor Muâ€™Azu Babangida Aliyu has explained that the establishment of Due Process Directorate by his administration was aimed at checking open abuses of rules, regulations and standards in Public procurement and contract awards stressing that the State Government is committed to transparency, accountability and respect for rule of law.
Speaking at the procurement advocacy and material development workshop in Minna, Niger State, Aliyu noted that his administration was fundamentally anchored on the tenets of servant leadership which recognizes leadership and governance to be in the interest and service of the people in the most transparent and humane manner.
He said the state is enforcing compliance with budgetary cycles and processes, promoting accountability and transparency by engaging the people in governance through regular interactive session with stakeholders in the various sectors in addition to its Jamaâ€™a forum a town hall meeting designed by the state government.
â€œMost importantly we are empowering the people at the grass roots through the Ward development Projects initiative where each of our 274 Wards receives N1million monthly for the execution of their chosen development projects, aside from the statutory projects by the State and Local Governments thereby creating what may appears as fourth tier of governmentâ€ he disclosed.
He commended the office of the Special Adviser to the President on Civil Society for organizing the Workshop which he said was apt and relevant as the Country continuously need to educate the citizenry on how to hold public office holders accountable.
â€œIndeed the have the right to know what their elected and or appointed officials are doing with their mandate and even the power to recall any elected or appointed official who is perceived not to be serving their best interestâ€ he stated.