Bauchi govt commends RTI International over LEAD project

By Rita Michael

Bauchi

Bauchi State government has commended the RTI International, a non- governmental organization, for introducing the Leadership Empowerment Advocacy Development (LEAD) project designed to strengthen local government institutions in the country.

  The commendation was made by Permanent Secretary of the state Ministry of Budget and Economic Planning, Alhaji Yahuza Adamu, during the opening ceremony of LEAD's Retrospective study report dissemination workshop in Bauchi, which also marked the expiration of the project in the state.

  He said LEAD's projects that had been in the state for nine years helped in building the capacity of administrators in the state, establishment of due process office to checkmate wastage in government and execution of water projects across the state.

  He assured that government would continue to give cooperation to development partners.

  The permanent secretary also expressed state government's commitment to paying its counterpart funds whenever need arises.

  Besides, the LEAD's Chief of party, Mrs Yvomne Sidhom, explained that RTI was currently implementing projects to strengthen local governments institutions in more than 40 countries in the world to provide better services for citizens.

  She stated that LEAD's design incorporated the core approaches of participation, transparency and accountability throughout the implementation of the priority interventions identified by Bauchi Citizens in the health, education, water and sanitation sectors.

 She said, ''After nine years of our existing and successful partnership, today marks the end of our LEAD project in Bauchi. It is a bitter sweet moment. On one hand, Iam filled with joy to hear and see all these results of our collaboration.”

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