It is okay to monitor our budget implementation, Gombe Dep Gov tells UNICEF

UNICEF Chief of Bauchi Field Office, Dr Tushar Rane, with some of his officers after the courtesy call on Gombe State Deputy Governor, Manasseh Daniel Jatau.

By Williams Ago, Gombe

Gombe State deputy governor, Manasseh Daniel Jatau, has expressed satisfaction with the way and manner the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has been monitoring activities that concerns budget implementation in the State.

According to the him, monitoring the implementation of assistance by donor agencies is the right thing to do to avoid misplacement of priority and diversion of funds.

He acknowledged the assistance rendered to the State by UNICEF, saying, "It is only right that you monitor the implementation.”

According to him, "We are aware of the sharp practices associated with donor services. If not checked, it will result in donor doubts, donor fatique and donor withdrawal.

"In the course of your assessment while on your visit to Gombe State, whatever grey and sharp areas you discover, do not hesitate to tell us. We are open to advise, observation and even critisms, so that we can sit up even as we meet the yearnings and aspiration of the people,” said Dr. Jatau.

He explained further that, "In Gombe, we monitor our activities to ensure they are done according to specifications. As students of system theory that believe everybody is important, we believe in involving everybody in every process. 

"We involve the traditional rulers, community and religious leaders, women and youths. Traditional rulers are the ones that can break the cultural barriers among the difficult-to-reach-out to social groups. That is why we are succeeding,” he emphasized.

He then appealed to the United Nations donor agencies such as UNICEF, WHO and others to give more attention towards assisting developing countries in the area of pharmaceutical and production of drugs by use of local herbs or plants within its environment, instead of depending on the importation of drugs, thereby jeopardising the lives of sick people who are most times unattended to because they cannot afford the high cost of imported drugs.

"If researches are conducted on local herbs, which are abundantly available and being wasted in our environment, it will ensure the surplus of drugs that can crash down the high prices of such products to enable the developing countries begin to export," he pointed out.

Earlier, Dr Tushar Rane had expressed UNICEF's satisfaction on the implementation of budget by the administration of Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe State.

Dr. Rane, who was in Gombe State on a validation of the state’s public expenditure tracking survey, together with officers of the Bauchi Field Office, commended the State government on the way budget provisions are being implemented. 

He also congratulated the State government for being first in the ease of doing business for two consecutive times in the country.

He explained that implementation of budget according to specification is a testament of financial discipline and shows the commitment to the welfare and needs of the people.

The Chief of UNICEF, Bauchi Field Office, was accompanied on the visit by the Planning, Monitoring and Report Specialist, Dr. Stanley Garba; Social Policy Specialist, Yusuf Auta; and Health Officer, Oluseyi Olusunde.

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