CSO Tasks FG, Stakeholders To Promote Open Government Partnership

A civil society organization, Centre for Leadership, Strategy and Development, has called on Federal Government and Relevant Stakeholders to redouble commitment in promoting Open Government Partnership, OGP Initiative in the country.

The OGP which involves Government Transparency and Accountability in fulfilling it’s mandate to citizens serve as a platform to check corruption in the country.

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The Program Coordinator of the Center, Mr Uchenna Arisukwu made the call while briefing newsmen in Abuja to Mark this year’s Global Week on OGP.

Mr Arisukwu said.
“Since Nigeria domesticated the OGP National Action Plan in 2016, it has recorded successes in areas such as access to Information, open Bugeting, open procurement as well as engagement with citizens”

” About 10 States which are Kaduna, Kano, Edo, Adamawa, Anambra, Ebonyi, Abia, Enugun, Niger, have signed up for the State National Action Plan out 36 States, it is important that others yet to sign up should do so because it ensures openness in government policies and implementation.”

” We call on the newly elected government at both States and Federal Levels to prioritize OGP in their agenda, to Forster good goverance”.

On his part, the Acting Executive Director of the centre, Mr Monday Osasah called for more citizens and CSOs involvement in the OGP process.

According to him
“If all these people are carried along, it would help ensure that unresolve issues are identified and noted in the government agenda which would be given attention in the next plan of action”

” The process for the development of the second NAP is under way as we round up the first phase June this year, also plans are ongoing to engage CSOs and Government in consultative meetings towards actualizing the OGP in Nigeria”

The program which is being supported by Macarthur Foundation and Department for International Development was tagged “Inclusiveness’ as the theme for this year’s celebration.

BY/Julian Osamoto/Abuja

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