By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
A group, Foundation for True Freedom and Public Accountability, yesterday, commended the President of the Senate, Godswill Akpabio for his recent announcement on live television, the recess allowance provided to Senators for their annual vacation
The leading advocate for transparency and accountability in government in a statement by its Spokesperson Architect Bamidele Ebun said the act of transparency sets a positive precedent for public officeholders and fosters trust between elected officials and the citizens they serve
Foundation for True Freedom and Public Accountability while lauding Senator Akpabio for his commitment to transparency and accountability and encourages him to continue prioritizing these principles throughout his tenure.
” We look forward to witnessing more initiatives that promote openness and trust between the government and the people. In a time when the public demands greater openness and accountability from their representatives”, it said.
The group added, “Senate President Godswill Akpabio’s decision to publicly disclose the recess allowance demonstrates a commitment to the principles of good governance.
” By ensuring that the information is available to the public, he has taken a significant step towards enhancing transparency in the legislative process.The decision to make the recess allowance information public is particularly noteworthy given the prevailing challenges of misinformation and distrust facing our society today”.
It maintained ” By proactively addressing the issue and providing clarity on the allowance, Senate President Godswill Akpabio is reinforcing the importance of transparency and accountability in public service.
” Transparency is a cornerstone of good governance, and it is essential in fostering public trust and confidence in our democratic institutions. When public officials are forthcoming about their financial arrangements, it instills a sense of responsibility and credibility in the minds of the citizens they represent.
” By choosing to disclose the recess allowance, Senate President Godswill Akpabio has shown leadership and integrity in his commitment to serving the Nigerian people”
The group stressed, ” We call on other public officials to follow the example set by Senate President Godswill Akpabio. Transparency should be a guiding principle for all elected representatives, as it strengthens democracy and enables citizens to make informed judgments about the governance of their country.
‘We also encourage the Nigerian public to remain engaged and hold their elected representatives accountable for their actions. Through active participation and continued demands for transparency, we can collectively build a more accountable and responsive government”.