Governor Mai Mala Buni of Yobe State has urged the recently sworn-in members of his executive council to make financial discipline and accountability their top priorities in carrying out their responsibilities. He emphasized that this approach is crucial for steering the state towards growth and development.
Governor Buni made this call while inaugurating a 3-day retreat for the state’s executive council members, which took place in Kano over the weekend.
During his address, the Governor highlighted the state’s achievements in financial management, citing its recognition as the best-performing state in the Northeast by the World Bank and its top position in Investment Project Financing Instrument among the 36 states in the country. He attributed these accomplishments to the practice of financial discipline and accountability and encouraged the council members to uphold these standards.
Governor Buni emphasized the importance of prudence, transparency, probity, and accountability in public office. He underlined that these principles were responsible for the state’s positive recognition and successes. He stated, “Our responsibility as public office holders is to adhere to prudent financial practices as mandated by the law and the expectations of our constituents. This retreat aims to equip the new executive council members with modern concepts to uphold public trust and deliver improved outcomes.”
He expressed his anticipation that the retreat would instill a sense of financial discipline among the new council members and underscored the need to maximize the value of public funds in all government activities. “We must adhere to due process, complete ongoing projects, initiate essential new ones, and focus on empowering our citizens to overcome post-insurgency challenges, as well as the broader national issues of oil subsidy reduction and inflation,” Governor Buni stated.
In his welcome speech, Baba Malam Wali, the Secretary to the Yobe State Government, highlighted the significance of the retreat. He emphasized that it was designed to familiarize and prepare the newly appointed executive council with the official ethics and collaborative spirit required to achieve the goals set by the Governor Buni administration. The aim is to position Yobe State as a standout example for other states to follow.