As part of DAWN Commission’s drive to enhance the fiscal viability and sustainability of States in Western Nigeria, the Commission in partnership with the Department for International Development's (UK-DFID) Partnership to Engage, Reform and Learn (PERL) supported States in the Region to appraise their readiness to access the World Bank facility through an assessment programme. Beyond the SFTAS readiness assessment, State officials, in a 2-day intensive workshop held in the various States developed action plans, which will be useful in guiding States in the process of achieving the Disbursement Linked Indicators (DLIs).
The DAWN/PERL Technical support focused essentially on assessing existing systems, structures and processes for meeting the eligibility criteria and achieving the DLRs in the States. It provided necessary support to the States to meet the criteria for the PforR financing components, its 12 DLIs and their annual DLRs.
In a similar development, the Commission cascaded key learning from the support to the Lagos State Public Procurement Agency (LASPPA) Governing Board in December 2018. The support was primarily on simplifying the SFTAS Framework and outlining of the responsibilities of LASPPA in ensuring that Lagos State also benefits from the facility.
The SFTAS programme, with a lifespan of four years (2018-2021) will enhance accountability, transparency and fiscal sustainability in government. The program is a build-up on the Nigeria Fiscal Sustainability Plan (FSP) and the Open Government Partnership (OGP). The SFTAS programme is designed to improve service delivery through the following key result areas; increasing fiscal transparency and accountability; strengthening domestic revenue mobilization; strengthening efficiency in public expenditure; and sustainable debt management.
Being the technocratic institution established to midwife the progressive development of the States in Southwest Nigeria, DAWN Commission, in partnership with the DFID’s Partnership to Engage, Reform and Learn (PERL) will continue to support Public Financial Management reforms targeted at improving development outcomes in the Region.