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 The Center for Fiscal Transparency and Integrity Oversight CeFTIW has released the Methodology Manual to stakeholders as it prepares to mine data for the second edition of the Transparency and Integrity Index TII reports The center s executive director Mr Umar Yakubu presenting the manual for 2022 on Thursday in Abuja said that the methodology manual has been validated by the Statistical Society of Nigeria PSSN and the Statistical Association of Nigeria NSA Yakubu said the manual would serve as a comprehensive guide for all Ministries Departments and Agencies MDAs on how to ensure compliance with the relevant guiding principles to improve performance in TII rating and scoring He said that the introduction of the portal and website in the public domain in all government offices would promote transparency and accountability in the system He said the center a nonpartisan organization sought to promote mechanisms of accountability transparency and integrity within the public sector Yakubu added that as part of measures to promote accountability among public institutions in Nigeria on September 28 2021 the United Nations International Access to Information Day the center launched the Transparency and Integrity Index TII 2021 According to him the Index being a pioneering project is the first of its kind to cover a broad spectrum of topics related to transparency open governance and the integrity of institutions The index used different variables and subvariables to monitor and evaluate MDAs and other public institutions in compliance with relevant laws that ensure the strengthening of anti corruption practices Given the impact of citizen access to timely and accurate information on strengthening democracy with the 2021 Index our research emphasized this extent of disclosure of vital information by government institutions through websites and portals Following the presentation of the findings our research indicates that most MDAs need further guidance on methodology and should be given sufficient time for implementation before the start of the next assessment The methodology we are presenting today serves as a comprehensive guide for all MDAs on how to ensure compliance with the relevant guiding principles that form the basis of the investigation Like the previous year we are building our 2022 assessment based on local and international guiding principles he said Yakubu said the guiding principles included the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria of 1999 the Government Procurement Act of 2007 and the Freedom of Information Act of 2011 Others are the Fiscal Responsibility Law of 2007 federal principles States of Fiscal Transparency Accountability and Sustainability Framework and Guidelines for the Use of Social Media Platforms in Public Institutions 2019 and the Law on Discrimination against Persons with Disabilities Prohibition 2018 He said that internally the center has also adopted guiding principles such as the United Nations Convention against Corruption 2004 Open Government Association African Union Convention to Prevent and Combat Corruption 2006 and Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa and others According to Yakubu it should be noted that the TII methodology has been fully evaluated and validated by the Statistical Society of Nigeria PSSN and the Nigerian Statistical Association NSA Therefore he ensured the credibility of the center s methodology and findings to ensure transparency in governance and urged all stakeholders to commit to the manual to build capacity in the assessment and evaluation method He also called on the media to take advantage of their media tools for the continuous promotion of projects such as the TII to strengthen accountability and transparency for good governance Mr Mukhtar Abdulhameed Head of Research at the center summarized the usefulness of the Integrity Index Methodology Manual from chapter one to the last chapter
Centre presents methodology handbook, calls for centralised portal for MDAs

Center for Fiscal Transparency and Integrity Oversight

The Center for Fiscal Transparency and Integrity Oversight (CeFTIW) has released the Methodology Manual to stakeholders as it prepares to mine data for the second edition of the Transparency and Integrity Index (TII) reports.

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Umar Yakubu

The center’s executive director, Mr. Umar Yakubu, presenting the manual for 2022 on Thursday in Abuja, said that the methodology manual has been validated by the Statistical Society of Nigeria (PSSN) and the Statistical Association of Nigeria ( NSA).

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Departments and Agencies

Yakubu said the manual would serve as a comprehensive guide for all Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) on how to ensure compliance with the relevant guiding principles to improve performance in TII rating and scoring.

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He said that the introduction of the portal and website in the public domain in all government offices would promote transparency and accountability in the system.

He said the center, a nonpartisan organization, sought to promote mechanisms of accountability, transparency and integrity within the public sector.

United Nations

Yakubu added that as part of measures to promote accountability among public institutions in Nigeria, on September 28, 2021, the United Nations International Access to Information Day, the center launched the Transparency and Integrity Index. (TII) 2021.

According to him, the Index, being a pioneering project, is the first of its kind to cover a broad spectrum of topics related to transparency, open governance and the integrity of

institutions

“The index used different variables and subvariables to monitor and evaluate MDAs and other public institutions in compliance with relevant laws that ensure the strengthening of anti-corruption practices.

“Given the impact of citizen access to timely and accurate information on strengthening democracy, with the 2021 Index, our research emphasized this extent of disclosure of vital information by government institutions through websites and portals. .

“Following the presentation of the findings, our research indicates that most MDAs need further guidance on methodology and should be given sufficient time for implementation before the start of the next assessment.

“The methodology we are presenting today serves as a comprehensive guide for all MDAs on how to ensure compliance with the relevant guiding principles that form the basis of the investigation.

“Like the previous year, we are building our 2022 assessment based on local and international guiding principles,” he said.

Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria

Yakubu said the guiding principles included the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria of 1999, the Government Procurement Act of 2007 and the Freedom of Information Act of 2011.

Fiscal Responsibility Law

Others are the Fiscal Responsibility Law of 2007; federal principles; States of Fiscal Transparency, Accountability and Sustainability, Framework and Guidelines for the Use of Social Media Platforms in Public Institutions, 2019 and the Law on Discrimination against Persons with Disabilities (Prohibition), 2018.

He said that internally, the center has also adopted guiding principles such as the United Nations Convention against Corruption, 2004; Open Government Association; African Union Convention to Prevent and Combat Corruption, 2006 and Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa and others

Statistical Society of Nigeria

According to Yakubu, it should be noted that the TII methodology has been fully evaluated and validated by the Statistical Society of Nigeria (PSSN) and the Nigerian Statistical Association (NSA).

Therefore, he ensured the credibility of the center’s methodology and findings to ensure transparency in governance, and urged all stakeholders to commit to the manual to build capacity in the assessment and evaluation method.

He also called on the media to take advantage of their media tools for the continuous promotion of projects such as the TII to strengthen accountability and transparency for good governance.

Mukhtar Abdulhameed

Mr. Mukhtar Abdulhameed, Head of Research at the center, summarized the usefulness of the Integrity Index Methodology Manual from chapter one to the last chapter.

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