Uyo, Oct 17, 2011 (This Day/All Africa Global Media via COMTEX) — Akwa Ibom State Government yesterday unfolded plans to domesticate the Fiscal Responsibility and Public Procurement Laws to ensure due process is adhered to in the handling of government financial matters and transactions.

The Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Umana Okon Umana, gave the assurance at a two-day sensitisation workshop for top government functionaries, including commissioners, permanent secretaries and directors in the state.

Already, he said the uncommon transformation of the state under Governor Godswill Akpabio could be attributed to the due process agency of the state government which has desks in most of the state ministries.

Umana noted that the workshop organised by the state Ministry of Economic Development in collaboration with Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and United Nations Development Programme for top government officials in the state was timely.

I want to assure the UNDP and other development partners that Akwa Ibom is on the right track and path. Some state governors are facing Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) now because they did not follow due process in contract award“, he stated.

The Commissioner for Economic Development, Barr Jerry Akpan, explained that the programme aimed at sensitising top government functionaries on fiscal responsibility and public procurement laws was part of Akpabio’s vision of entrenching probity, accountability and good governance in the administration of the state. Akpan said the fiscal responsibility and public procurement law was a result of the public service reforms within the economy and complementary versions of public financial management strategies. Although the federal government passed the laws in 2007, he observed that the inability of all the states to pass the laws had greatly hampered the success of the war against corruption in the country…Read more.