The Guild of Community Development Advocates (AKGCODA), also known as the Akwa Ibom State Civil Society Organizations Forum, the umbrella body for civil society organizations in the State applauded the Executive Governor, Mr Udom Emmanuel, for the assent of the Akwa Ibom Public Procurement into law and promptly inaugurating the Akwa Ibom State Public Procurement Council.
This was made known on Monday by the group in a press release signed by its Head, of Media & Publicity, Mr Kingsley Atang, stating that “this gesture expresses the governor’s commitment to entrenching transparency and accountability measures in the management of public finance in the state.”
The group further showed gratitude to the Akwa Ibom State Government for “its goodwill and ongoing partnership with civil society and affirm the Forum’s commitment to work with the government to achieve the stipulated objectives of the Akwa Ibom State Public Procurement Law 2019.”
Also, a member of AKGCODA, Pastor Harry Udoh has been included into the Akwa Ibom State Public Procurement Council, a move the group says it “demonstrates the strong political will to replace corruption, opacity, and inefficiency with a regime of openness, especially in the area of public contracting. We are confident that Akwa Ibom State has just taken one of the first steps towards joining the league of jurisdictions across the globe that are embracing open contracting for more efficient and effective public service delivery.
AKGCODA also calls on the state government to provide the Council with the institutional resources and political space to fulfil its mandate to avoid hampering the work of well-intentioned government initiatives.
It can be recalled that at the front burner of advocacy requests by civil society organizations in the State via Akwa Ibom State Civil Society Organizations Forum has been laws to institutionalize transparency, accountability and good governance.