Kano State Government partners with the United Kingdom’s Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), to effectively strengthen and deepen institutional reforms for the overall development of the state.
This strategy would be achieved through Kano Mutual Accountability Framework (KanoMAF) Strategic Dialogue, which took place at Africa House, Government House, Kano, Wednesday.
In his remarks, the FCDP Development Director, Dr Chris Pycoft said, “the Mutual Accountability Framework is an important vehicle for enhancing our partnership and ensuring that UK Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO Nigeria) delivers effective interventions in support of the Kano government to deliver tangible and measurable results for the people of Kano state.”
Commending the Governor, he said, “your government has consistently demonstrated boldness in making difficult, but necessary decisions to foster sustainable development. Today FCDO Nigeria re-commits to support your development strides every step of the way, through this framework.”
He further clarified that, “Our Mutual Accountability approach places obligations and responsibilities on both of us – a true partnership.
“This understanding of what our reform offer is, and what is required from the government counterpart forms the basis for the mutual accountability framework – where specified reforms, programmatic support, quantifiable indicators of progress and timeliness for achievement are agreed.”
Mr. Pycoft also observed that FCDO wanted to continue with similar partnerships with state governments, because without states, federal government could achieve relatively little, emphasising that, “state governments have the constitutional responsibility for the provision of basic services including healthcare, education and other social development services to its citizens…
“So our strategic dialogue discussions will focus on health, education, social protection, governance and economic transformation.”
In his brief remarks, Governor Ganduje encouraged that, “there is no doubt the relationship between FCDO and the state is helping us to strengthen our institutions. For any sustainable development there must be strong institutions. Stronger institutions provide better opportunities for sustainable development.”
The Governor added that, “our relationship has always been fruitful. As a result therefore, we increased our budgetary allocation to 25% in the education sector. All our policies on education and other sectors are formulated towards having strong institutions. We are partners in progress.”
Head of Sub-National Team, FCDO, Mr David Ukagwu, UNICEF Chief of Party, Mr Maulid Warfa, TaRL Africa representative Inyang Omoren and Open Government Partnership (OGP), Civil Society Co-Chair, Abdulrazak Alkali gave some goodwill messages, acknowledging state government’s efforts in keeping faith to process of sustainable development.
As part of the agenda for the programme, the two parties, FCDO and the state government would sign an MoU tomorrow, Thursday.