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Changes in Nigeria since joining OGP

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By Dawn

In 2016, Nigeria joined the Open Government Partnership (OGP) initiative.

Since joining the Open Government Partnership (OGP) initiative in 2016, Nigeria has made great strides in improving government transparency and accountability. The initiative, which brings together countries from around the world committed to open government, has helped Nigeria to implement reforms that have made it easier for citizens to access information and hold their government to account. Prince Clem Agba, Nigeria’s Minister of State for Finance, Budget and National Planning, highlighted the progress the country has made since joining the OGP, stating that participation in the initiative has been instrumental in helping Nigeria. He added that the country’s continued participation in the OGP will help to further consolidate these gains and ensure that the Nigerian government remains committed.

The initiative was created in order to encourage government transparency and accountability around the world. The initiative has been successful in getting many countries on board, with 23 out of 36 states in Nigeria joining. This is a positive step forward for the country, as it shows a commitment to making the government more open and accessible to its citizens. The addition of Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) to the initiative is also a positive development, as it shows a willingness to work towards greater transparency at all levels of government.

Changes have had a positive impact on the overall results.

This briefing follows the visit of the Chief Executive Officer and members of the OGP to the country from Monday, July 25 to Friday, July 29, 2020. The purpose of the visit was to assess the country’s progress in implementing the Open Government Partnership (OGP) Action Plan. The delegation met with a wide range of government officials, Civil Society representatives, and members of the Private Sector. The delegation was impressed by the progress the country has made in implementing its OGP Action Plan. In particular, the delegation noted the establishment of the Open Government Unit, the adoption of the Right to Information Act, and the launch of the Open Data Portal. The delegation also commended the government for its commitment to engaging with civil society.

Results in Nigeria have been largely positive due to the combined efforts of civil society organizations and the OGP National Secretariat. The OGP National Secretariat has been working hard to spread the word about the benefits of the OGP to all corners of the country, and this has had a positive impact on the overall results. I hope that all 36 states will become part of the OGP in the near future so that we can continue to see these positive results.

Commitment is to develop and implement a national anti-corruption strategy.

Nigeria has continued to champion ambitious reforms aimed at eradicating Corruption and entrenching transparency and accountability across the Public Sector. These reforms reflect the government’s cardinal focus of improving governance for the benefit of all Nigerians. In particular, the Nigerian government has worked to establish a national action plan that contains a range of commitments to obtain their goals to promote transparency, accountability, and citizen engagement. For instance, one key commitment is to develop and implement a national anti-corruption strategy, which will include measures to strengthen asset declaration requirements for public officials, improve the transparency of public procurement processes, and increase access to information about the use of public resources.

In order to ensure that the Open Government Partnership (OGP) activities are properly funded, we have introduced a line item in the annual budget. An Executive Order has also been prepared, and is ready to be transmitted to the President for approval. It is a voluntary partnership between governments and civil society organizations, and currently has over 70 member countries. The United States has been a member of the OGP since its inception in 2011, and has been a strong supporter of its goals and objectives.

The initiative was launched in 2011 with an initial 8 member countries.

The Open Government Partnership (OGP) is a multilateral initiative that aims to secure concrete commitments from governments to promote transparency, empower citizens, fight corruption, and harness new technologies to strengthen governance. Since the initiative was launched in 2011 with an initial 8 member countries. As of October 2019, there were 73 member countries. The OGP has three main pillars: Transparency: Making information about government activities more readily available to citizens so they can hold their government accountable. Participation: Empowering citizens to participate in government decision-making processes, and accountability: Improving government accountability by increasing transparency and citizen participation.


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