Fed Govt, CSOs Tasked To Leverage Open Government For Good Governance
Center for Leadership and Strategic Development wants Federal Government and Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) to work together in reviewing the operation of the Open Government Partnership Framework for good governance.
The Program Coordinator of the Organization, Mr Uchenna Arisiukwu made the call at the opening of a two day Media Training, On Open Government Partnership, OGP.in Lokoja Kogi State.
The training which was organized to familiarize Journalists with the structure for preparing OGP National Action Plan, would also equip them in sensitizing government on the benefits of domesticating the framework.
Mr Arisiukwu said the OGP is an instrument of reforming government and non state actors to deliver their commitments to the citizens.
“The success of this framework demands high level commitment from all stakeholders, there must be openness and feedback in government activities”
“Government must be ready to engage the citizens in business procurement process and willing to create enabling environment for business to thrive in the country”
He noted that effective implementation of OGP National Action Plan would benefit the country in so many ways.
“If government ensure the utilization of OGP framework, they would stand out among comity of nations, it would encourage foreign investors into the country among others”
Earlier the former coordinator of Open Alliance, Mr Abayomi Akinbo in his presentation, said OGP is a voluntary partnership, adding that Nigeria ratified to its membership in December 2016.
” 79 countries have ratified to its membership, 20 members at subnational level of which Kaduna state is among, and 3000 CSOs”
According to him, eligibility criteria includes; Fiscal Transparency, Access to information, Public Disclosure of Assets, and Citizens engagement.
A facilitator from Freedom Radio Kaduna, Mr Joshua James said stakeholders co creation is necessary in OGP implementation, for effective feedback of government activities to citizens.
Over thirty Media representatives attended the training.
By: Julian Osamoto/Abua