Open Govt partnership plans to deepen reforms under Tinubu

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The Nigeria Open Government Partnership (OGP) is ready to deepen governance reforms as well as promote the fight against corruption in the country in line with President Bola Tinubu’s cardinal objective of fighting corruption and growing the economy.

Jamila Bio Ibrahim, minister of youth development and state co-chair of OGP Nigeria, while opening the OGP Nigeria Review and Strategy Conference in Abuja, emphasised the “significant progress” made since Nigeria joined the OGP.

She highlighted the advancements in “transparency, citizen engagement, and good governance.” 

Ibrahim credited OGP principles with “addressing corruption and fostering accountable practices” and pointed to successful initiatives in “citizens’ participation, beneficial ownership transparency, and freedom of information.”

The Minister commended President Tinubu for integrating “open governance ideals” into his “8-point agenda” and lauded the administration’s commitment to transparency and accountability with the “re-launch of the Citizens Delivery Portal (app.cdcu.gov.ng).” 

This platform allows Nigerians to “assess government’s delivery” of key priorities and provide feedback.

Ibrahim outlined several milestones achieved by OGP Nigeria, including the institutionalization of OGP principles; Nigeria’s membership in the OGP Global Beneficial Ownership Leadership Group; and the establishment of the Nigerian Open Contracting and Procurement Portal (NOCOPO) for monitoring government procurement. She acknowledged ongoing efforts to “improve this system to achieve greater effectiveness.”

Obialunanma Nnaobi-Ayodele, the co-chair for non-state actors, emphasized that the OGP is a platform for “government’s ongoing and future reform initiatives” promoting transparency, accountability, and the rule of law. 

She highlighted progress in areas such as participatory budgeting, company ownership transparency, and fiscal transparency at the sub-national level.  While acknowledging the “need to be fully functional,” Nnaobi-Ayodele stressed the importance of a fully operational NOCOPO for increased “openness and transparency in public procurement.” 

She also called for citizen “sensitization and capacity development” to ensure their effective participation.

National coordinator, Gloria Ahmed emphasized the importance of “collective and concerted effort” in delivering on OGP commitments. 

She praised both non-state and state actors “for galvanizing the needed momentum” and “championing reforms” that have brought recognition to Nigeria. 

The conference aimed to “review, re-strategize, and reposition OGP” for the years ahead, building on past successes and charting a course for deeper reform under the Tinubu administration.

By working collaboratively and focusing on citizen engagement, the OGP can play a vital role in strengthening governance and fostering economic growth in Nigeria.

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