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NPA, BudgiT seal deal on budget transparency, accountability

Leading digital programming and management group, BudgiT Information Technology Network has been hired by the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) to drive its yearly budget accountability and transparency.

Signing the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with BudgiT group, NPA said it is part of measures to open up its budget for the public and provide Nigerians with all the necessary information during its implementation.

Managing Director of the federal agency, Ms Hadiza Balla Usman explained that the partnership is for the development of an open budget system platform and implementation of a public data dissemination programme that will help the agency in blocking revenue leakages.

It would be recalled that the ICT group had achieved feats in the space of socio-technological advocacy towards opening up of public budgets for citizens’ comprehension.

With the MoU, she said, NPA would be able to deliver on its mandate and create more wealth for Nigerians.

A statement issued by NPA’s General Manager (Public Affairs), Chief Michael Ajayi, said the MoU would also assist the NPA as a critical organ in the economic artery of the nation to promote effective and efficient management of all its 24 terminals across the country.

She added that “The collaboration will ensure key researches; industry policies and innovations are effectively communicated. It will also ensure that critical data are generated and made accessible for policy makers, private sector actors, stakeholders and the general public”.

Responding, the Lead Partner of BudgiT, Oluseun Onigbinde said NPA was the first revenue generating government agency to make its budget public and assured that the management of the NPA would have no regret for keying into the programme.