SLOGOR: World Bank Gives Cross River Govt Pass Mark On Performance Index
The State and Local Governance Reform (SLOGOR) Project in Cross River State, which was funded by the World Bank and the European Union, was given a pass mark for its efficiency and effectiveness.
Dr. Inyang Asibong, State Chairman of the World Bank Project Steering Committee and Commissioner for International Development Cooperation, attributed the project’s effectiveness and progress in Cross River to the enabling climate and political will of the State Governor, *His Excellency, Sen. (Prof.) Ben Ayade*.
Asibong, who was presenting the steering committee with the World Bank’s stance on SLOGOR, clarified that the project, which runs for seven years from 2015 to 2021, has been a success story in Cross River state, despite some teething problems, and is a model for other participating states to follow.
According to Commissioner Asibong, everything from infrastructural growth to accounting staff training and capacity building to the provision of devices and facilities that improved financial management in the state is a success story that the World Bank is pleased with.
“According to the World Bank’s post-intervention evaluation as part of the close-out modalities for the State and Local Governance Reform (SLOGOR) programme, which officially ended in March 2021, the Cross River State Government was ranked very highly among the other participating states in the country.”
“The data analysis revealed expert execution and encouraging outcomes across the board, using the bespoke SLOGOR checklist,” Asibong said.
With the State Fiscal Transparency, Accountability, and Sustainability (SFTAS) Programme and a comprehensive sustainability plan to build on the overall goal of financial transparency and prudent management of public finance, the Project Coordinator, *Mr Joseph Imbufe*, said he was not expecting any less from the project.
Despite a poor federal allocation, low funding, and meager Internally Generated Revenue (IGR), Cross River State has retained a reputation for openness and accountability, according to Imbufe, thanks to a well-structured due process and a competent accounting system.
The line Ministries Departments and Agencies, including the Ministries of Finance and Local Government Affairs, the Budget Office, Accountant General, Auditor General, and Internal Revenue Service offices, among others, who are key MDAs of the SLOGOR Financial Reform Project, were present for the project’s official closing.
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