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 Connected Development CODE an NGO has trained Monitoring and Evaluation Officers of Kaduna s Ministries Departments and Agencies MDAs and Local Government Areas LGAs on tenets and compliance with Open Government Partnership OGP and Freedom of Information FOI Mr Kingsley Agu CODE s Project Manager on Deepening Cizens Interest in Government Spendings and Addressing Accompanying Corrupt Practices DeSPAAC said the training was to ensure OGP in the grassroots and making available documents on request by citizens He said that the OGP being a multilateral initiative aimed to secure concrete commitments from national and sub national governments to promote open Government empower citizens fight corruption and harness new technologies to strengthen governance Agu added that the training was also part of their committment to provide capacity for M amp E officers where they had earlier met with elected LGAs chairmen and offered to train their officers to enshrine OGP tenets in their activities He however said the FOI Act not being domesticated in Kaduna State had not affected their work of tracking constituency projects and universal basic education spendings We have been requesting information and the MDAs are always responsive he said He explained that when the M amp E officers became aware of what the laws stated regarding release of information and OGP it helped them to work better with the community members For us our goal is ensuring citizens participation so they can be part of governance He noted that when the M amp E officers were aware of their assigned duties and also the position of the law in making information available to citizens it would support the government in achieving its goals of development Agu also explained that the OGP would inform the M amp E officers on planning so they could get the views of citizens when carrying out needs assessments for project implementation across the state He called on the citizens especially at LGAs to use the FOI Act in getting information to get the right data to track and monitor projects It is the citizens responsibility to provide oversight on what government is doing He also called on the LGAs in the state to start setting up OGP structures to ensure citizens full participation in project development and implementation A participant Mr Yarima Zakariyya the M amp E Officer of the state Planning and Budget Comission said he had learned that the state was moving towards results based M amp E now a global trend He said Kaduna was one of the leading states regarding response to FOI to citizens where the Planning and Budget had contributed immensely to responding effectively and timely to request by citizens Also Mr Joshua Yakubu the Assistant Director Planning Zangon Kataf LGA said the training had exposed him more to the importance of citizens participation in government regarding enhancing accountability and transparency He said he understood the rudiments to apply in handling the citizens roles in budget process I now understand better the role of M amp E project implementation he said Regarding FOI Yakubu said he had never had any official request from any community or organisation in the LGA nor to the Chairman seeking any information based on FOI He said a very large proportion of the citizens in Zangon Kataf were unaware of the FOI Act and how they could leverage on it to engage and hold the government accountable The News Agency of Nigeria NAN reports that the DeSPAAC project is being funded by the MacArthur Foundation NewsSourceCredit NAN
NGO trains Kaduna’s Evaluation Officers on Open Govt Partnership, FOI compliance

Connected Development

Connected Development (CODE), an NGO, has trained Monitoring and Evaluation Officers of Kaduna’s Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), and Local Government Areas (LGAs) on tenets and compliance with Open Government Partnership (OGP) and Freedom of Information (FOI).

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Kingsley Agu

Mr. Kingsley Agu, CODE’s Project Manager on Deepening  Cizens’ Interest in Government Spendings and Addressing Accompanying Corrupt Practices  (DeSPAAC), said the training was to ensure OGP in the grassroots and making available documents on request by citizens.

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He said that the OGP, being a multilateral initiative, aimed to secure concrete commitments from national and sub-national governments, to promote open Government, empower citizens, fight corruption and harness new technologies to strengthen governance.

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Agu added that the training was also part of their committment to provide capacity for M&E officers, where they had earlier met with elected LGAs chairmen and offered to train their officers, to enshrine OGP tenets in their activities.

FOI Act

He, however, said the FOI Act, not being domesticated in Kaduna State, had not affected their work of tracking constituency projects and universal basic education spendings.

“We have been requesting information, and the MDAs are always responsive,” he said.

He explained that when the M&E officers became aware of what the laws stated regarding release of information and OGP, it helped them to work better with the community members.

“For us, our goal is ensuring citizens participation so they can be part of governance.

He noted that when the M&E officers were aware of their assigned duties, and also the position of the law in making information available to citizens, it would support the government in achieving its goals of development.

Agu also explained that the OGP would inform the M&E officers on planning, so they could get the views of citizens when carrying out needs assessments for project implementation across the state.

FOI Act

He called on the citizens, especially at LGAs, to use the FOI Act in getting information, to get the right data to  track and monitor projects.

“It is the citizens’ responsibility to provide oversight on what government is doing.

He also called on the LGAs in the state to start setting up OGP structures to ensure citizens’ full participation in project development and implementation.

Yarima Zakariyya

A participant, Mr. Yarima Zakariyya, the M&E Officer of the state Planning and Budget Comission, said he had learned that the state was moving towards results based M&E, now a global trend.
 

Planning and Budget

He said Kaduna was one of the leading states regarding response to FOI to citizens, where the Planning and Budget had contributed immensely to responding effectively and timely to request by citizens.
 

Joshua Yakubu

Also, Mr. Joshua Yakubu, the Assistant Director Planning, Zangon Kataf LGA, said the training had exposed him more to the importance of citizens participation in government regarding enhancing accountability and transparency.
 

He said he understood the rudiments to apply in handling the citizens roles in budget process.
 

“I now understand better the role of M&E project implementation,” he said.
 

Regarding FOI

Regarding FOI, Yakubu said he had never had any official request from any community or organisation in the LGA, nor to the Chairman, seeking any information based on FOI.
 

Zangon Kataf

He said a very large proportion of the citizens in Zangon Kataf were unaware of the FOI Act and how they could leverage on it to engage and hold the government accountable.
 

News Agency

The News Agency of Nigeria NAN reports that the DeSPAAC project is being funded by the MacArthur Foundation.

NewsSourceCredit: NAN

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NGO trains Kaduna’s Evaluation Officers on Open Govt Partnership, FOI compliance

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 Connected Development CODE an NGO has trained Monitoring and Evaluation Officers of Kaduna s Ministries Departments and Agencies MDAs and Local Government Areas LGAs on tenets and compliance with Open Government Partnership OGP and Freedom of Information FOI Mr Kingsley Agu CODE s Project Manager on Deepening Cizens Interest in Government Spendings and Addressing Accompanying Corrupt Practices DeSPAAC said the training was to ensure OGP in the grassroots and making available documents on request by citizens He said that the OGP being a multilateral initiative aimed to secure concrete commitments from national and sub national governments to promote open Government empower citizens fight corruption and harness new technologies to strengthen governance Agu added that the training was also part of their committment to provide capacity for M amp E officers where they had earlier met with elected LGAs chairmen and offered to train their officers to enshrine OGP tenets in their activities He however said the FOI Act not being domesticated in Kaduna State had not affected their work of tracking constituency projects and universal basic education spendings We have been requesting information and the MDAs are always responsive he said He explained that when the M amp E officers became aware of what the laws stated regarding release of information and OGP it helped them to work better with the community members For us our goal is ensuring citizens participation so they can be part of governance He noted that when the M amp E officers were aware of their assigned duties and also the position of the law in making information available to citizens it would support the government in achieving its goals of development Agu also explained that the OGP would inform the M amp E officers on planning so they could get the views of citizens when carrying out needs assessments for project implementation across the state He called on the citizens especially at LGAs to use the FOI Act in getting information to get the right data to track and monitor projects It is the citizens responsibility to provide oversight on what government is doing He also called on the LGAs in the state to start setting up OGP structures to ensure citizens full participation in project development and implementation A participant Mr Yarima Zakariyya the M amp E Officer of the state Planning and Budget Comission said he had learned that the state was moving towards results based M amp E now a global trend He said Kaduna was one of the leading states regarding response to FOI to citizens where the Planning and Budget had contributed immensely to responding effectively and timely to request by citizens Also Mr Joshua Yakubu the Assistant Director Planning Zangon Kataf LGA said the training had exposed him more to the importance of citizens participation in government regarding enhancing accountability and transparency He said he understood the rudiments to apply in handling the citizens roles in budget process I now understand better the role of M amp E project implementation he said Regarding FOI Yakubu said he had never had any official request from any community or organisation in the LGA nor to the Chairman seeking any information based on FOI He said a very large proportion of the citizens in Zangon Kataf were unaware of the FOI Act and how they could leverage on it to engage and hold the government accountable The News Agency of Nigeria NAN reports that the DeSPAAC project is being funded by the MacArthur Foundation NewsSourceCredit NAN
NGO trains Kaduna’s Evaluation Officers on Open Govt Partnership, FOI compliance

Connected Development

Connected Development (CODE), an NGO, has trained Monitoring and Evaluation Officers of Kaduna’s Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), and Local Government Areas (LGAs) on tenets and compliance with Open Government Partnership (OGP) and Freedom of Information (FOI).

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Kingsley Agu

Mr. Kingsley Agu, CODE’s Project Manager on Deepening  Cizens’ Interest in Government Spendings and Addressing Accompanying Corrupt Practices  (DeSPAAC), said the training was to ensure OGP in the grassroots and making available documents on request by citizens.

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He said that the OGP, being a multilateral initiative, aimed to secure concrete commitments from national and sub-national governments, to promote open Government, empower citizens, fight corruption and harness new technologies to strengthen governance.

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Agu added that the training was also part of their committment to provide capacity for M&E officers, where they had earlier met with elected LGAs chairmen and offered to train their officers, to enshrine OGP tenets in their activities.

FOI Act

He, however, said the FOI Act, not being domesticated in Kaduna State, had not affected their work of tracking constituency projects and universal basic education spendings.

“We have been requesting information, and the MDAs are always responsive,” he said.

He explained that when the M&E officers became aware of what the laws stated regarding release of information and OGP, it helped them to work better with the community members.

“For us, our goal is ensuring citizens participation so they can be part of governance.

He noted that when the M&E officers were aware of their assigned duties, and also the position of the law in making information available to citizens, it would support the government in achieving its goals of development.

Agu also explained that the OGP would inform the M&E officers on planning, so they could get the views of citizens when carrying out needs assessments for project implementation across the state.

FOI Act

He called on the citizens, especially at LGAs, to use the FOI Act in getting information, to get the right data to  track and monitor projects.

“It is the citizens’ responsibility to provide oversight on what government is doing.

He also called on the LGAs in the state to start setting up OGP structures to ensure citizens’ full participation in project development and implementation.

Yarima Zakariyya

A participant, Mr. Yarima Zakariyya, the M&E Officer of the state Planning and Budget Comission, said he had learned that the state was moving towards results based M&E, now a global trend.
 

Planning and Budget

He said Kaduna was one of the leading states regarding response to FOI to citizens, where the Planning and Budget had contributed immensely to responding effectively and timely to request by citizens.
 

Joshua Yakubu

Also, Mr. Joshua Yakubu, the Assistant Director Planning, Zangon Kataf LGA, said the training had exposed him more to the importance of citizens participation in government regarding enhancing accountability and transparency.
 

He said he understood the rudiments to apply in handling the citizens roles in budget process.
 

“I now understand better the role of M&E project implementation,” he said.
 

Regarding FOI

Regarding FOI, Yakubu said he had never had any official request from any community or organisation in the LGA, nor to the Chairman, seeking any information based on FOI.
 

Zangon Kataf

He said a very large proportion of the citizens in Zangon Kataf were unaware of the FOI Act and how they could leverage on it to engage and hold the government accountable.
 

News Agency

The News Agency of Nigeria NAN reports that the DeSPAAC project is being funded by the MacArthur Foundation.

NewsSourceCredit: NAN

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