In a bid to reiterate her commitment to the citizenry on fiscal accountability, transparency, anti-corruption, citizen engagement and empowerment in government, the Federal Government of Nigeria under the Ministry of Justice has affirm her collaboration with Civil Societies in Nigeria under the Open Government Partnership (OGP), a three year plan which seeks to ensure accountability, transparency, citizen participation, access to information, anti-corruption and asset disclosure in which both parties will serve as watchdog over each other’s activities.
The Executive Director of the African Center for Leadership, Strategy and Development (Centre LSD)Dr. Otive Igbuzor made these known at the training workshop for Open Alliance Members on the Open Government Partnership in Abuja.
He said ‘OGP brings together government and civil society champions in the believe that governments will be more effective and credible when they are open to public input and oversight, also brings together as true partners at both national and international level, an initiative which also introduces a domestic policy mechanism through which the government and civil society can have an ongoing dialogue’.
It will be recalled that the Federal Government of Nigeria in its effort to deepen institutional and policy reforms joined the OGP in July 2016 as the 70th country. The OGP National Steering Committee (NSC) was constituted, with the Federal Ministry of Justice as the Coordinating Ministry and Co-chair, as the OGP process requires equal participation of both the government and civil society. A co-chair was also nominated by the Civil Society Organizations which also allowed for two incoming co-chair; one for each from Government and the civil society in line with best practices.
The National Steering Committee is currently made up of representatives of Government Ministries, Department and Agencies as well as civil society organizations, organized private sector and professional associations who worked together to co-create the 30-month (Jan 2017-June 2019) National Action Plan, (NAP)
The three-year project on ‘Promoting Accountability in Nigeria through Engagement and Implementation of the Open Government Partnership (OGP) seeks to bring support to the Open Alliance through trainings and workshops, Advocate for implementation through rallies and road shows in the 6 geo-political zones of Nigeria, Production of Shadow report on the implementation of the OGP NAP in Nigeria to shadow government report and Public Education on Laws and Policies for OGP implementation.
The representative Minister of Justice, Mr. Haruna Abdullahi also affirmed the government readiness to key-in into the programme,
“This is a clear demonstration of true-partnership with the government, we are fully committed to key-in”. Mr. Abdullahi said.