The Governor of Jigawa State, Badaru Abubakar, has disclosed that the state government would soon commence the review of the state’s development framework, a document providing the blueprint for the socio-economic development of the state.
Governor Badaru made the disclosure on Tuesday during the Jigawa State Government/Foreign and Commonwealth Development office, FCDO, Strategic Dialogue for Mutual Accountability in Development Partnership on Tuesday, in Dutse the state capital.
The governor, according to a statement issued on Tuesday by his Senior Special Assistant on Print Media, Ahmad Danyaro, said the review was aimed at making sure that the document responds to the yearnings and aspirations of the people of the state.
He said: “As a roadmap, we intend to make the progress consultative and inclusive to ensure that it responds to the yearnings and aspirations of the People of Jigawa State as well as addresses our current challenges and priorities.”
The governor appreciated the support given by the UK government in the implementation of various programs particularly in the areas of governance reforms, human development and economic growth.
He said: “I am happy to say that these have continued to impact positively on the socio-economic development of Jigawa State and the wellbeing of its people.
“Since 2008, Jigawa State has ranked 1st in the independent national assessment conducted by Civil Resources Development and Documentation Center in Nigeria, CIRDOC-Nigeria supported by UK-Aid and other development partners.
“These reforms have also significantly contributed to our topmost performance in the World-Bank supported SFTAS Program which has allowed the State to access development grants.
“The GEMS Program has also contributed in many ways to the performance of the State Investment Promotion Agency and State’s rating in the ease of doing business in Nigeria.”
The statement revealed that the governor expressed happiness with the FCDO’s commitment as captured in the shared draft Manual Accountability Framework.
“He hopes that the new program would directly contribute to his administrations Education Change Agenda, particularly towards addressing out-of-the school children and sustainable improvements in teacher quality,” he added.