Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri of Adamawa state has charged the newly appointed commissioners, permanent secretaries and other government officials in the state to be cost conscious in the discharge of their responsibilities, stressing that he would reject any memo which seeks to plunge the state into bankruptcy.
The governor handed down this warning Tuesday in Yola at the ongoing retreat for commissioners and permanent secretaries, organised by the state government in conjunction with USAID Nigeria, with the theme “Consolidating on Good Governance: Issues and Perspectives for Adamawa State,” where he tasked them on probity and accountability in governance.
“I call on all of us to be cost conscious. If there is a project we can do for one naira, let’s do it for one naira not two naira. I will not hesitate to reject any memo which seeks to plunge the state into bankruptcy.
“To mitigate corruption and demolish the booby trap that may tempt you into unwholesome tendencies, we have introduced a presentation on understanding procurement process and the Adamawa state procurement law,” the governor stated.
Fintiri further warned that his administration has zero-tolerance for corruption, and anyone who is found wanting in his or her official capacity as government official will not only be shown the way out but will also be prosecuted.
According to him, all ministries must key into his administration’s reform drive, adding that every ministry, department and agency is a potential revenue source in the achievement of his administration’s vision; hence the need for all revenue generating agencies to remit incomes to the state’s single treasury account.
He added that, no ministry or agency of government would be allowed to spend funds it generates without aligning to the Adamawa people’s needs and approval of the State Executive Council, describing the retreat not only as apt but also an endorsement that the administration has done well with the first mandate and could do better with the renewed mandate.