The Open Kaduna Radio Programme of Freedom Radion, Kaduna, on Friday partnered with the Kaduna State Public Procurement Authority (KADPPA) to promote transparency and accountability in public procurement in the state.
Mrs Joshua James, the Executive Producer of the programme explained that it was supported by BudgIT Foundation Nigeria, to encourage citizens’ participation in budgeting, procurement and monitoring of project implementation.
James said during a visit to the authority in Kaduna that the partnership became necessary following citizens right to know how their taxes were put to use, particularly in the delivery of public infrastructure and services.
He said that establishment of KADPPA had given credence to the Kaduna State Government’s quest to promote transparency and accountability, especially in public procurement.
”But there is much more about KADPPA that citizens need to know. Our goal is to bridge the gap.
’’It is against this background that we decided to partner with the authority to carry the citizens along in public procurement processes by creating the needed awareness and built citizens trust in governance.
”We are currently tracking the implementation of capital projects in the state and share update with the citizens on radio with a view to further encourage citizens participation on public projects and policy issues.
”With this partnership, we will be featuring KADPPA on our Open Kaduna Radio platform free, to disseminate your activities, achievements and track records to citizens on live radio with over 300,000 followers within and outside the state.
”Open Kaduna Radio Programme provides a platform for citizens to engage government officials off-line, online or both for transparency and accountability,” he added.
Responding, Aisha Abdulmohammed, the Legal Adviser and Secretary, KADPPA, thanked Open Kaduna Radio for extending a hand of partnership to the authority on citizens engagement.
”We welcome this development because we believe that the partnership will bring the people closer to the government, not only to understand what government is doing, but to also contribute their quota in governance.
”I want to assure you that we are interested in opening our doors to the citizens in whatever means possible so as not to live any one behind in our efforts to entrenched open procurement in Kaduna State,” she said.
By Philip Yatai