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CITAD Launches Mobile App On Budgetary, Procurement In Bauchi

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Centre for Information Technology and Development (CITAD), a Non-governmental organization has launched a mobile App known as the ‘Office of the Citizens’ on budgetary and procurement processes in Bauchi state.

CITAD Senior Program Officer, Isah Garba said that the project is geared to improve service delivery through effective citizen participation in the budgetary and procurement processes in Bauchi state.

Garba at a press conference in Bauchi yesterday said that the project focuses on building the capacity of the legislators, public officers and civil society activists in the state to be able to work together to promote effective citizens’ participation in the governance process of the state.

According to him, the project currently works in six Local Government Areas of Alkaleri, Bauchi, Katagum, Misau, Ningi, and Toro in the state with a special focus on Basic Education, Procurement, Freedom of Information and the Budgetary process.

Malam Isah Garba explained that the goal of the project is to strengthen citizen’s participation in governance through active participation in the budgetary and procurement processes of the state.

He told the press that the objectives of the project are to enhance the capacity of 40 CSOs to engage both government and citizens in the budget process as means of improving citizens’ participation in budget processes.

“It is also to enhance the skills of 40 government officials in the interface with citizens to collect, collate and use citizens input in the budget process”, Garba said.

It will similarly facilitate the monitoring of procurement processes in the focal areas of education, health, and youth and women’s development, as the initiative would also help citizens monitor public projects in their communities and provide feedback to the government on status and project implementations.

He said the project resolved to leverage technology to bridge the time and location gap, and reduce cost implications on project reporting, and assist the government get instant reports on projects from the communities.

The Manager revealed that the application was developed using Java8 programming language, with PHP and MYSQL as a database management system that encrypts any user information in the server.

The app can serve as an interface platform between the citizens, public officers and legislators in the state, where citizens can effectively participate in decision-making and improve transparency and accountability in the state.

“The state budget documents released by the ministry of budget and economic planning will be uploaded on the app so that users can easily access the documents from the app. alternatively, users can access the platform using any browser through https://bauchibudgettracker.com.ng”.

CITAD therefore called on civil society organizations and community-based organizations in Bauchi state to download the App, utilize it, and sensitize partners on reporting project implementations.

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Bauchi Labour Union Hails Gov Bala For Timely Wage Approval, Urges Judicious Use

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The Bauchi State Chapter of the Nigeria Labour Union has commended Governor Bala Mohammed’s recent approval of wages for civil servants in the state.

The acting Chairman Comrade Ibrahim Mai Kuɗi praised the gesture during a press briefing, noting that civil servants are thrilled with the support, especially with the Sallah celebrations approaching.

Comrade Mai Kuɗi emphasized that this gesture is a worthy celebration, considering the current economic challenges facing citizens nationwide.

He encouraged civil servants to use the Sallah gift judiciously, acknowledging the state government’s efforts to alleviate workers’ hardships.

The labour leader also appealed to the state government to extend similar gestures to pensioners, who have served the state diligently and deserve equal consideration.

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June 12: ALGON Chairman, Jauro Appreciates Gov Kefas For Transparent Governance 

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The Executive Chairman of Jalingo Local Government Council and ALGON Chairman in Taraba State, Animu Jauro Hassan on behalf of the council extended their heartfelt congratulations to Governor Agbu Kefas on the occasion of Democracy Day.

In a statement signed and released to newsmen in Jalingo on Wednesday, Hassan said the leadership of Governor Kefas has been a beacon of hope and progress for the people of the state.

He maintained that Kefas’s commitment to democracy and the well-being of his people has brought about significant advancements in various sectors, fostering growth and development across the state.

The statement continues to say “As we celebrate Democracy Day, we reflect on the values of freedom, justice, and equality that underpin our society.

“Your dedication to upholding these values through transparent governance, inclusive policies, and community-driven initiatives is commendable and inspiring,” it praised Kefas.

According to the statement, under Governor Kefas’s stewardship, Taraba State has witnessed remarkable achievements in education, healthcare, infrastructure, and economic development. 

Additionally, the statement noted that Kefas’s vision for a prosperous and harmonious state has galvanized efforts toward sustainable development and improved the quality of life for all citizens.

“On this day, we honor not only the spirit of democracy but also visionary leaders like you who work tirelessly to ensure that democracy thrives in our beloved state. 

“May your tenure continue to bring peace, prosperity, and progress to Taraba State, and may your leadership serve as a model for democratic governance across Nigeria,” it prayed for the Governor.

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CCNE Congratulates President Tinubu, Urges Him To Improve On Security, Economy 

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By Sani Yarima 

The Concerned Citizens of the North East (CCNE) has extended its warm congratulations to President Bola Tinubu on his first anniversary in office. 

This milestone marks a significant point in Nigeria’s democratic journey, and the CCNE commends the President for his leadership thus far.

In a statement issued by Lawrence Bilal Audu, Director of Corporate Communications, the CCNE urged the All Progressives Congress (APC) government to intensify efforts in addressing the pressing issues of bad governance in local government areas.

The organization emphasized the need for the government to prioritize the welfare and well-being of citizens at the grassroots level, ensuring that the dividends of democracy are equitably distributed.

The CCNE also called on the government to redouble its efforts in tackling the challenges of security and economic development. 

The organization stressed that the nation’s progress is contingent upon the safety and prosperity of its citizens and implored the government to implement policies and programs that promote sustainable economic growth and ensure the security of lives and properties.

Expressing optimism in the Tinubu-led APC government’s ability to overcome current challenges, the CCNE believes that with renewed commitment and dedication, Nigeria can be propelled towards a brighter future. 

The organization once again congratulated President Tinubu on this milestone and looks forward to seeing more progress in the years ahead.

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