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  •  The Borno Government is committed to the Open Government Partnership OGP to strengthen accountability transparency and citizens participation in governance The News Agency of Nigeria reports that President Barack Obama launched the OGP a multilateral initiative that empowers citizens and encourages governments to be open and responsive in 2011 at the UN General Assembly meeting Alhaji Bum Munguno Executive Secretary Agency for Coordination of Sustainable Development and Humanitarian Response made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Kaduna on Thursday Munguno who led the state delegation on a learning visit to Kaduna State told NAN that subscribing to the OGP was very crucial for the state rebuilding efforts after years of insurgency by Boko Haram NAN reports that OGP is a platform where government and citizens co create and implement policies and programmes together in an accountable and transparent manner to serve the citizens better Signing onto the OGP is very critical for us because you cannot preach and practice good governance without the voice of the people However the voice of the people can only be captured when you have open governance We have seen OGP in practice in Kaduna state and we want to key in to change our approach to governance The OGP principle of co creation and co implementation of programmes by the government and the citizens will significantly catch the aspiration and voices of the people in Borno This will entrench the needed citizens participation in the governance process in the state he said Munguno who noted government was about the people said that the delegation would go back and initiate the process of joining the global platform to improve the governance in the state The executive secretary also said that he was fascinated by the Kaduna State Eyes and Eyes project a digital platform where citizens and government monitor and evaluate delivery of government projects This also stood out for me because it will keep implementation of activities on track due to the close monitoring and evaluation by both the government and the citizens It will also entrench accountability transparency and delivery of quality services to the people he said Munguno explained that the learning visit was very important for a state that was coming out of a 15 year insurgency being perpetrated by Boko Haram We are now recovering and rebuilding and so we are going to places where we think we can learn a few things to help our rebuilding process We are in Kaduna State because the state has implemented a number of successful reforms that we can learn from Also very fundamental to the visit is to the ongoing implementation of the Borno State 25 Development Plan The plan has made a provision for a Delivery Support Unit to support the implementation of the plan and so we felt we will learn good governance practices accountability and other reforms from Kaduna state Also speaking Mr Bashir Mohammed Permanent Secretary Planning and Budget Commission who facilitated the learning process told NAN that a lot of states have been coming to learn from the Kaduna example Mohammed who described Kaduna State as a model of good governance and best practices attributed the milestones to the good will of Gov Nasir El Rufai in driving the state Revitalisation and Renewal Project Earlier Mr Adejor Abel State Lead Facilitator Partnership to Engage Reform and Learn PERL said that the governance programme would continue to bring citizens and government together to plan and implement citizens oriented programmes together www ng NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Borno Govt committed to improving fiscal transparency, citizens engagement – Official
     The Borno Government is committed to the Open Government Partnership OGP to strengthen accountability transparency and citizens participation in governance The News Agency of Nigeria reports that President Barack Obama launched the OGP a multilateral initiative that empowers citizens and encourages governments to be open and responsive in 2011 at the UN General Assembly meeting Alhaji Bum Munguno Executive Secretary Agency for Coordination of Sustainable Development and Humanitarian Response made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Kaduna on Thursday Munguno who led the state delegation on a learning visit to Kaduna State told NAN that subscribing to the OGP was very crucial for the state rebuilding efforts after years of insurgency by Boko Haram NAN reports that OGP is a platform where government and citizens co create and implement policies and programmes together in an accountable and transparent manner to serve the citizens better Signing onto the OGP is very critical for us because you cannot preach and practice good governance without the voice of the people However the voice of the people can only be captured when you have open governance We have seen OGP in practice in Kaduna state and we want to key in to change our approach to governance The OGP principle of co creation and co implementation of programmes by the government and the citizens will significantly catch the aspiration and voices of the people in Borno This will entrench the needed citizens participation in the governance process in the state he said Munguno who noted government was about the people said that the delegation would go back and initiate the process of joining the global platform to improve the governance in the state The executive secretary also said that he was fascinated by the Kaduna State Eyes and Eyes project a digital platform where citizens and government monitor and evaluate delivery of government projects This also stood out for me because it will keep implementation of activities on track due to the close monitoring and evaluation by both the government and the citizens It will also entrench accountability transparency and delivery of quality services to the people he said Munguno explained that the learning visit was very important for a state that was coming out of a 15 year insurgency being perpetrated by Boko Haram We are now recovering and rebuilding and so we are going to places where we think we can learn a few things to help our rebuilding process We are in Kaduna State because the state has implemented a number of successful reforms that we can learn from Also very fundamental to the visit is to the ongoing implementation of the Borno State 25 Development Plan The plan has made a provision for a Delivery Support Unit to support the implementation of the plan and so we felt we will learn good governance practices accountability and other reforms from Kaduna state Also speaking Mr Bashir Mohammed Permanent Secretary Planning and Budget Commission who facilitated the learning process told NAN that a lot of states have been coming to learn from the Kaduna example Mohammed who described Kaduna State as a model of good governance and best practices attributed the milestones to the good will of Gov Nasir El Rufai in driving the state Revitalisation and Renewal Project Earlier Mr Adejor Abel State Lead Facilitator Partnership to Engage Reform and Learn PERL said that the governance programme would continue to bring citizens and government together to plan and implement citizens oriented programmes together www ng NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Borno Govt committed to improving fiscal transparency, citizens engagement – Official
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    Borno Govt committed to improving fiscal transparency, citizens engagement – Official

    The Borno Government is committed to the Open Government Partnership (OGP), to strengthen accountability, transparency, and citizens’ participation in governance.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that President Barack Obama launched the OGP, a multilateral initiative that empowers citizens and encourages governments to be open and responsive in 2011 at the UN General Assembly meeting.

    Alhaji Bum Munguno, Executive Secretary, Agency for Coordination of Sustainable Development and Humanitarian Response, made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Kaduna on Thursday.

    Munguno, who led the state delegation on a learning visit to Kaduna State, told NAN that subscribing to the OGP was very crucial for the state rebuilding efforts, after years of insurgency by Boko Haram.

    NAN reports that OGP is a platform where government and citizens co-create and implement policies and programmes together in an accountable and transparent manner to serve the citizens better.

    “Signing onto the OGP is very critical for us because you cannot preach and practice good governance without the voice of the people.

    “However, the voice of the people can only be captured when you have open governance.

    We have seen OGP in practice in Kaduna state and we want to key-in to change our approach to governance.

    “The OGP principle of co-creation and co-implementation of programmes by the government and the citizens will significantly catch the aspiration and voices of the people in Borno.

    “This will entrench the needed citizens’ participation in the governance process in the state,” he said.

    Munguno, who noted government was about the people, said that the delegation would go back and initiate the process of joining the global platform to improve the governance in the state.

    The executive secretary also said that he was fascinated by the Kaduna State Eyes and Eyes project, a digital platform where citizens and government monitor and evaluate delivery of government projects.

    “This also stood out for me because it will keep implementation of activities on track due to the close monitoring and evaluation by both the government and the citizens.

    “It will also entrench accountability, transparency and delivery of quality services to the people,” he said.

    Munguno explained that the learning visit was very important for a state that was coming out of a 15-year insurgency being perpetrated by Boko Haram.

    “We are now recovering and rebuilding and so we are going to places where we think we can learn a few things to help our rebuilding process.

    “We are in Kaduna State because the state has implemented a number of successful reforms that we can learn from.

    “Also, very fundamental to the visit is to the ongoing implementation of the Borno State 25 Development Plan. “The plan has made a provision for a Delivery Support Unit to support the implementation of the plan and so we felt we will learn good governance practices, accountability and other reforms from Kaduna state.

    “ Also speaking, Mr Bashir Mohammed, Permanent Secretary Planning and Budget Commission, who facilitated the learning process told NAN that a lot of states have been coming to learn from the Kaduna example.

    Mohammed, who described Kaduna State as a model of “good governance and best practices”, attributed the milestones to the good will of Gov. Nasir El-Rufai in driving the state Revitalisation and Renewal Project.

    Earlier, Mr Adejor Abel, State Lead Facilitator, Partnership to Engage, Reform and Learn (PERL), said that the governance programme would continue to bring citizens and government together, to plan and implement citizens-oriented programmes together.

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  •  Civil Society Organisations CSOs on the aegis of the Plateau Peace Practioners Network has advised governorship candidates in the state to include good governance in their electioneering The organisations gave the charge at a colloquium they organised on Thursday in Jos Speaking at the event Mr Jacob Pwakim chairman of the network said that the colloquium aimed at creating a platform for citizens to engage the candidates Pwakim who said that PPPN is a conglomerate of civil society organisations working on peace building in the state explained that the event was first of its kind in the history of the network The chairman also tasked the candidates that whoever emerged after the 2023 general elections should commit more resources and efforts toward promoting peace in state We have decided to put this together to create the a platform to engage the governorship candidates on good governance It is a platform for the candidates to tell the public what they have in stock for the people and to create strong synergy with the organisations in the state As a network we want to strongly advised whoever among you that becomes the governor to adequately fund the state s Peace Building Agency PPBA established by the current administration We want to also advise that the next governor should leverage the Open Government Partnership OGP initiative of the current administration in spending public funds he said Pwakim maintained that the OGP would curtail incidences of corruption and misappropriation of public funds that mostly lands the chief executives into trouble after office The chairman further advised the incoming governor to support both local and international organisations in the state and urged that modalities should be put in place to attract grants to the state Speaking at the event Mr Caleb Mutfwang the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party PDP thanked the network for providing them the platform to reel out their manifestos to the public Mutfwang promised to commit reasonable resources and commitment toward addressing ongoing violent conflicts in the state Also Dr Nentawe Yilwatda of the All Progressives Congress APC said that he would deploy modern technology to fight insecurity in the state Similarly Mr Samuel Abashe the candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance APGA promised to improve on the early warning and early response system to end the circle of violence in the state The News Agency of Nigeria reports that reprsentatives of candidates of Action Democratic Party ADC and National Rescue Movement NRM also attended the colloquium NewsSourceCredit NAN
    2023: CSOs task governorship candidates in Plateau on good governance 
     Civil Society Organisations CSOs on the aegis of the Plateau Peace Practioners Network has advised governorship candidates in the state to include good governance in their electioneering The organisations gave the charge at a colloquium they organised on Thursday in Jos Speaking at the event Mr Jacob Pwakim chairman of the network said that the colloquium aimed at creating a platform for citizens to engage the candidates Pwakim who said that PPPN is a conglomerate of civil society organisations working on peace building in the state explained that the event was first of its kind in the history of the network The chairman also tasked the candidates that whoever emerged after the 2023 general elections should commit more resources and efforts toward promoting peace in state We have decided to put this together to create the a platform to engage the governorship candidates on good governance It is a platform for the candidates to tell the public what they have in stock for the people and to create strong synergy with the organisations in the state As a network we want to strongly advised whoever among you that becomes the governor to adequately fund the state s Peace Building Agency PPBA established by the current administration We want to also advise that the next governor should leverage the Open Government Partnership OGP initiative of the current administration in spending public funds he said Pwakim maintained that the OGP would curtail incidences of corruption and misappropriation of public funds that mostly lands the chief executives into trouble after office The chairman further advised the incoming governor to support both local and international organisations in the state and urged that modalities should be put in place to attract grants to the state Speaking at the event Mr Caleb Mutfwang the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party PDP thanked the network for providing them the platform to reel out their manifestos to the public Mutfwang promised to commit reasonable resources and commitment toward addressing ongoing violent conflicts in the state Also Dr Nentawe Yilwatda of the All Progressives Congress APC said that he would deploy modern technology to fight insecurity in the state Similarly Mr Samuel Abashe the candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance APGA promised to improve on the early warning and early response system to end the circle of violence in the state The News Agency of Nigeria reports that reprsentatives of candidates of Action Democratic Party ADC and National Rescue Movement NRM also attended the colloquium NewsSourceCredit NAN
    2023: CSOs task governorship candidates in Plateau on good governance 
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    2023: CSOs task governorship candidates in Plateau on good governance 

    Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) on the aegis of the Plateau Peace Practioners Network, has advised governorship candidates in the state to include good governance in their electioneering.

    The organisations gave the charge at a colloquium they organised on Thursday in Jos. Speaking at the event, Mr Jacob Pwakim,  chairman of the network, said that the colloquium aimed at creating a platform for citizens to engage the candidates.

    Pwakim, who said that PPPN is a conglomerate of civil society organisations working on peace- building in the state, explained that the event was first of its kind in the history of the network.

    The chairman also tasked the candidates that whoever emerged after the 2023 general elections, should commit more resources and efforts toward promoting peace in state ”We have decided to put this together to create the a platform to engage the governorship candidates on good governance.

    ”It is a platform for the candidates to tell the public what they have in stock for the people and to create strong synergy with the organisations in the state.

    ”As a network,  we want to strongly advised whoever among you that becomes the governor to adequately fund the state’s Peace Building Agency (PPBA) established by the current administration ”We want to also advise that the next governor should leverage the Open Government Partnership (OGP) initiative of the current administration in spending public funds,” he said.

    Pwakim maintained that the OGP would curtail incidences of corruption and misappropriation of public funds, that mostly lands the chief executives into trouble after office.

    The chairman further advised the incoming governor to support both local and international organisations in the state and urged that modalities should be put in place to attract grants to the state.

    Speaking at the event, Mr Caleb Mutfwang,  the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), thanked the network for providing them the platform to reel out their manifestos to the public.

    Mutfwang promised to commit reasonable resources and commitment toward addressing ongoing violent conflicts in the state.

    Also, Dr Nentawe Yilwatda  of the All Progressives Congress (APC), said that he would deploy modern technology to fight insecurity in the state.

    Similarly,  Mr Samuel Abashe,  the candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), promised to improve on the early warning and early response system to end the circle of violence in the state.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that reprsentatives of candidates of Action Democratic Party (ADC) and National Rescue Movement (NRM), also attended the colloquium.


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  •  The Partnership to Engage Reform and Learn PERL has urged critical stakeholders to sustain the gains being recorded by the World Bank supported States Fiscal Transparency Accountability and Sustainability SFTAS Programme Mr Ifeanyi Ugwuoke National Programme Manager PERL Accountable Responsive and Capable pillar made the call in Kano on Wednesday at a two day dissemination of a Guide to enhance citizens understanding of SFTAS related publications Ugwuoke said that PERL a governance programme of the UK Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office FCDO in collaboration with Open Government Partnership OGP would continue to support transparency in governance He said that the government and development partners have invested huge resources and efforts on reforms to strengthen the governance process and citizens engagement According to him citizens and government need to work together towards sustaining the programme beyond its lifespan following the gains so far recorded He said that PERL in collaboration with OGP Nigeria Secretariat and other critical stakeholders has developed a Guide to enhance citizens understanding of SFTAS related publications by the state governments The SFTAS programme for results is coming to an end and the critical question is how the laudable progress being recorded can be sustained beyond the lifespan of the programme Several efforts are being made by the various SFTAS implementing agencies to ensure that the government continues to supply citizens with the requisite information as prescribed by the programme A crucial part of the sustainability of the SFTAS reforms is the ability of the citizens to understand analyse and use such information to hold the government accountable This is because who are the primary recipients of the information provided by the government We therefore expect critical stakeholders to use the guide to increase citizens understanding of the documents so that they will continue to engage the governance process he said Also speaking Mr Abayomi Akinbo Civil Society Specialist explained that the SFTAS programme was a four year World Bank supported programme Akinbo said that programme which implementation began in 2018 was a loan to the Federal Government being disbursed to the participating states as grant based on nine Disbursement Linked Indicators DLIs The Civil Society Specialist said that the state governments were expected to publish some of the documents in accordance with the DLIs online for citizens to access and engage He identified some of the DLIs as improved financial reporting and budget reliability increased openness and citizens engagement in the budget process and improved cash management and reduced revenue leakages Earlier the National Coordinator OGP Dr Gloria Ahmed described the SFTAS programme as one of the most laudable and enduring reforms in the public finance management in the country Ahmed who was represented by Ms Ramatu Bello Sub National Adviser OGP Nigeria pointed out that the state governments have demonstrated high levels of ownership active peer learning and peer competition This she said has culminated in very strong performance in fiscal transparency and accountability strengthening of domestic revenue mobilisation increased efficiency in public expenditure and strengthening debt transparency and sustainability According to her the success story of SFTAS is made possible by the collaboration of OGP Secretariat and FCDO PERL in their continuous effort to improve good governance The dissemination of the Citizens Guide will improve citizens capacity to hold informed engagements with the government and demand further transparency and accountability Earlier Mr Umaru Abu Federal Lead FCDO PERL said that the objective of the dissemination workshop was to engage and guide citizens using the SFTAS citizens guidance document This will enable the citizens to understand the technicalities in the expected public financial management publications from state governments in line with the SFTAS programme The workshop is also to strengthen the capacity of the citizens and citizen groups to hold informed engagements with the government and demand further transparency and accountability he said www ng NewsSourceCredit NAN
    PERL urges stakeholders to sustain fiscal transparency, accountability programme
     The Partnership to Engage Reform and Learn PERL has urged critical stakeholders to sustain the gains being recorded by the World Bank supported States Fiscal Transparency Accountability and Sustainability SFTAS Programme Mr Ifeanyi Ugwuoke National Programme Manager PERL Accountable Responsive and Capable pillar made the call in Kano on Wednesday at a two day dissemination of a Guide to enhance citizens understanding of SFTAS related publications Ugwuoke said that PERL a governance programme of the UK Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office FCDO in collaboration with Open Government Partnership OGP would continue to support transparency in governance He said that the government and development partners have invested huge resources and efforts on reforms to strengthen the governance process and citizens engagement According to him citizens and government need to work together towards sustaining the programme beyond its lifespan following the gains so far recorded He said that PERL in collaboration with OGP Nigeria Secretariat and other critical stakeholders has developed a Guide to enhance citizens understanding of SFTAS related publications by the state governments The SFTAS programme for results is coming to an end and the critical question is how the laudable progress being recorded can be sustained beyond the lifespan of the programme Several efforts are being made by the various SFTAS implementing agencies to ensure that the government continues to supply citizens with the requisite information as prescribed by the programme A crucial part of the sustainability of the SFTAS reforms is the ability of the citizens to understand analyse and use such information to hold the government accountable This is because who are the primary recipients of the information provided by the government We therefore expect critical stakeholders to use the guide to increase citizens understanding of the documents so that they will continue to engage the governance process he said Also speaking Mr Abayomi Akinbo Civil Society Specialist explained that the SFTAS programme was a four year World Bank supported programme Akinbo said that programme which implementation began in 2018 was a loan to the Federal Government being disbursed to the participating states as grant based on nine Disbursement Linked Indicators DLIs The Civil Society Specialist said that the state governments were expected to publish some of the documents in accordance with the DLIs online for citizens to access and engage He identified some of the DLIs as improved financial reporting and budget reliability increased openness and citizens engagement in the budget process and improved cash management and reduced revenue leakages Earlier the National Coordinator OGP Dr Gloria Ahmed described the SFTAS programme as one of the most laudable and enduring reforms in the public finance management in the country Ahmed who was represented by Ms Ramatu Bello Sub National Adviser OGP Nigeria pointed out that the state governments have demonstrated high levels of ownership active peer learning and peer competition This she said has culminated in very strong performance in fiscal transparency and accountability strengthening of domestic revenue mobilisation increased efficiency in public expenditure and strengthening debt transparency and sustainability According to her the success story of SFTAS is made possible by the collaboration of OGP Secretariat and FCDO PERL in their continuous effort to improve good governance The dissemination of the Citizens Guide will improve citizens capacity to hold informed engagements with the government and demand further transparency and accountability Earlier Mr Umaru Abu Federal Lead FCDO PERL said that the objective of the dissemination workshop was to engage and guide citizens using the SFTAS citizens guidance document This will enable the citizens to understand the technicalities in the expected public financial management publications from state governments in line with the SFTAS programme The workshop is also to strengthen the capacity of the citizens and citizen groups to hold informed engagements with the government and demand further transparency and accountability he said www ng NewsSourceCredit NAN
    PERL urges stakeholders to sustain fiscal transparency, accountability programme
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    PERL urges stakeholders to sustain fiscal transparency, accountability programme

    The Partnership to Engage, Reform and Learn (PERL) has urged critical stakeholders to sustain the gains being recorded by the World Bank-supported States’ Fiscal Transparency, Accountability and Sustainability (SFTAS) Programme.

    Mr Ifeanyi Ugwuoke, National Programme Manager, PERL- Accountable, Responsive and Capable pillar, made the call in Kano on Wednesday, at a two-day dissemination of a Guide to enhance citizens’ understanding of SFTAS-related publications.

    Ugwuoke said that PERL, a governance programme of the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) in collaboration with Open Government Partnership (OGP) would continue to support transparency in governance.

    He said that the government and development partners have invested huge resources and efforts on reforms to strengthen the governance process and citizens’ engagement.

    According to him, citizens and government need to work together towards sustaining the programme beyond its lifespan following the gains, so far recorded.

    He said that PERL, in collaboration with OGP Nigeria Secretariat and other critical stakeholders, has developed a Guide to enhance citizens’ understanding of SFTAS-related publications by the state governments.

    “The SFTAS programme for results is coming to an end and the critical question is how the laudable progress being recorded can be sustained beyond the lifespan of the programme.

    “Several efforts are being made by the various SFTAS implementing agencies to ensure that the government continues to supply citizens with the requisite information as prescribed by the programme.

    “A crucial part of the sustainability of the SFTAS reforms is the ability of the citizens to understand, analyse and use such information to hold the government accountable.

    “This is because who are the primary recipients of the information provided by the government.

    “We, therefore, expect critical stakeholders to use the guide to increase citizens’ understanding of the documents so that they will continue to engage the governance process,” he said.

    Also speaking, Mr Abayomi Akinbo, Civil Society Specialist, , explained that the SFTAS programme was a four-year World Bank-supported programme.

    Akinbo said that programme which implementation began in 2018, was a loan to the Federal Government being disbursed to the participating states as grant based on nine Disbursement-Linked Indicators (DLIs).

    The Civil Society Specialist said that the state governments were expected to publish some of the documents in accordance with the DLIs online for citizens to access and engage.

    He identified some of the DLIs as improved financial reporting and budget reliability, increased openness and citizens’ engagement in the budget process and improved cash management and reduced revenue leakages.

    Earlier, the National Coordinator, OGP, Dr Gloria Ahmed, described the SFTAS programme as one of the “most laudable and enduring reforms” in the public finance management in the country.

    Ahmed, who was represented by Ms Ramatu Bello, Sub-National Adviser, OGP Nigeria, pointed out that the state governments have demonstrated high levels of ownership, active peer learning and peer competition.

    This, she said, has culminated in very strong performance in fiscal transparency and accountability, strengthening of domestic revenue mobilisation, increased efficiency in public expenditure and strengthening debt transparency and sustainability.

    According to her, the success story of SFTAS is made possible by the collaboration of OGP Secretariat and FCDO-PERL in their continuous effort to improve good governance.

    “The dissemination of the Citizens Guide will improve citizens’ capacity to hold informed engagements with the government and demand further transparency and accountability.

    ” Earlier, Mr Umaru Abu, Federal Lead, FCDO-PERL, said that the objective of the dissemination workshop was to engage and guide citizens using the SFTAS citizens guidance document.

    “This will enable the citizens to understand the technicalities in the expected public financial management publications from state governments in line with the SFTAS programme.

    “The workshop is also to strengthen the capacity of the citizens and citizen groups to hold informed engagements with the government and demand further transparency and accountability,” he said.

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  •  The Kaduna State Ministry of Health on Thursday began a three day meeting to review its Health Sector Strategic Plan 2018 2022 to improve service delivery in the health sector The review was supported by Partnership to Engage Reform and learn PERL a governance programme of the UK Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office PERL State Team Facilitator Mr Abel Adejor said at the opening of the meeting in Kano that the goal was to improve the quality of services in the health sector and the health and wellbeing of the people Adejor said that the participants would assess the implementation of the 2018 2022 plan ascertain key achievements challenges lessons learnt and update the plan to cover 2023 to 2027 PERL is providing technical support to the ministry being the coordinating agency of the health sector to strengthen the delivery of quality services to residents of the state This is in line with PERL support in clearing blockages in governance by bringing government and citizens to plan and implement programmes and policy together in line with the principle of Open Government Partnership OGP he said According to him the state is being rated highly by the OGP global as a sub national doing very well in improving citizens engagement transparency and accountability in governance Adejor said key milestones were being achieved working with citizens through various accountability mechanisms in the state He listed the accountability mechanisms as Kaduna Maternal Accountability Mechanism and Kaduna Basic Education Accountability Mechanism Others he said were Kaduna Social Protection Accountability Coalition Kaduna Local Government Accountability Mechanism and Tax Justice Network He explained that the mechanisms provided the needed platforms for continued engagement between government and citizens in different sectors to address blockages and improve service delivery The Permanent Secretary Ministry of Health Mr Adamu Mansur said that the review was critical to determining the progress recorded in the implementation of the strategic plan Mansur represented by Dr Gajere Jonathan Deputy Director Medical Services in the ministry said that the review would also help the government document achievements and plan ahead One of the consultants Dr Adebayo Adeyemo commended Kaduna state government for the efforts to improve the quality of service delivery through reforms strategic plans and enabling policies Adebayo said that the review would enable the state to know what had been done better the challenges and how to address them We want a strategy that will be implemented with the main goal of improving service delivery that would lead to better outcomes It is not enough to develop strategies its implementation and how it will improve the health of residents of the state is key he said The News Agency of Nigeria reports that participants at the meeting include officials of the state Ministry of Health Primary Health Care Board and Health Supply Management Agency Others are Kaduna State Contributory Health Management Authority Barau Dikko Teaching Hospital Kaduna Maternal Accountability Mechanism and the OGP Technical Working Group on Social Protection Also represented are Kaduna State College of Nursing and Midwifery and Kaduna State Bureau for Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment www ng NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Kaduna Govt reviews health strategic plan to improve service delivery
     The Kaduna State Ministry of Health on Thursday began a three day meeting to review its Health Sector Strategic Plan 2018 2022 to improve service delivery in the health sector The review was supported by Partnership to Engage Reform and learn PERL a governance programme of the UK Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office PERL State Team Facilitator Mr Abel Adejor said at the opening of the meeting in Kano that the goal was to improve the quality of services in the health sector and the health and wellbeing of the people Adejor said that the participants would assess the implementation of the 2018 2022 plan ascertain key achievements challenges lessons learnt and update the plan to cover 2023 to 2027 PERL is providing technical support to the ministry being the coordinating agency of the health sector to strengthen the delivery of quality services to residents of the state This is in line with PERL support in clearing blockages in governance by bringing government and citizens to plan and implement programmes and policy together in line with the principle of Open Government Partnership OGP he said According to him the state is being rated highly by the OGP global as a sub national doing very well in improving citizens engagement transparency and accountability in governance Adejor said key milestones were being achieved working with citizens through various accountability mechanisms in the state He listed the accountability mechanisms as Kaduna Maternal Accountability Mechanism and Kaduna Basic Education Accountability Mechanism Others he said were Kaduna Social Protection Accountability Coalition Kaduna Local Government Accountability Mechanism and Tax Justice Network He explained that the mechanisms provided the needed platforms for continued engagement between government and citizens in different sectors to address blockages and improve service delivery The Permanent Secretary Ministry of Health Mr Adamu Mansur said that the review was critical to determining the progress recorded in the implementation of the strategic plan Mansur represented by Dr Gajere Jonathan Deputy Director Medical Services in the ministry said that the review would also help the government document achievements and plan ahead One of the consultants Dr Adebayo Adeyemo commended Kaduna state government for the efforts to improve the quality of service delivery through reforms strategic plans and enabling policies Adebayo said that the review would enable the state to know what had been done better the challenges and how to address them We want a strategy that will be implemented with the main goal of improving service delivery that would lead to better outcomes It is not enough to develop strategies its implementation and how it will improve the health of residents of the state is key he said The News Agency of Nigeria reports that participants at the meeting include officials of the state Ministry of Health Primary Health Care Board and Health Supply Management Agency Others are Kaduna State Contributory Health Management Authority Barau Dikko Teaching Hospital Kaduna Maternal Accountability Mechanism and the OGP Technical Working Group on Social Protection Also represented are Kaduna State College of Nursing and Midwifery and Kaduna State Bureau for Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment www ng NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Kaduna Govt reviews health strategic plan to improve service delivery
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    Kaduna Govt reviews health strategic plan to improve service delivery

    The Kaduna State Ministry of Health on Thursday, began a three-day meeting to review its Health Sector Strategic Plan, 2018-2022, to improve service delivery in the health sector.

    The review was supported by Partnership to Engage, Reform, and learn (PERL), a governance programme of the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office.

    PERL State Team Facilitator, Mr Abel Adejor, said at the opening of the meeting in Kano, that the goal was to improve the quality of services in the health sector and the health and wellbeing of the people.

    Adejor said that the participants would assess the implementation of the 2018-2022 plan, ascertain key achievements, challenges, lessons learnt and update the plan to cover 2023 to 2027. “PERL is providing technical support to the ministry being the coordinating agency of the health sector, to strengthen the delivery of quality services to residents of the state.

    “This is in line with PERL support in clearing blockages in governance by bringing government and citizens to plan and implement programmes and policy together in line with the principle of Open Government Partnership (OGP),” he said.

    According to him, the state is being rated highly by the OGP global as a sub-national doing very well in improving citizens’ engagement, transparency and accountability in governance.

    Adejor said key milestones were being achieved working with citizens through various accountability mechanisms in the state.

    He listed the accountability mechanisms as, Kaduna Maternal Accountability Mechanism and Kaduna Basic Education Accountability Mechanism.

    Others, he said, were Kaduna Social Protection Accountability Coalition, Kaduna Local Government Accountability Mechanism and Tax Justice Network.

    He explained that the mechanisms provided the needed platforms for continued engagement between government and citizens in different sectors, to address blockages and improve service delivery.

    The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Mr Adamu Mansur, said that the review was critical to determining the progress recorded in the implementation of the strategic plan.

    Mansur, represented by Dr Gajere Jonathan, Deputy Director, Medical Services in the ministry, said that the review would also help the government document achievements and plan ahead.

    One of the consultants, Dr Adebayo Adeyemo, commended Kaduna state government for the efforts to improve the quality of service delivery through reforms, strategic plans and enabling policies.

    Adebayo said that the review would enable the state to know what had been done better, the challenges, and how to address them.

    “We want a strategy that will be implemented with the main goal of improving service delivery that would lead to better outcomes.

    “It is not enough to develop strategies, its implementation and how it will improve the health of residents of the state is key,” he said.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that participants at the meeting include officials of the state Ministry of Health, Primary Health Care Board and Health Supply Management Agency.

    Others are Kaduna State Contributory Health Management Authority, Barau Dikko Teaching Hospital, Kaduna Maternal Accountability Mechanism and the OGP Technical Working Group on Social Protection.

    Also represented are Kaduna State College of Nursing and Midwifery and Kaduna State Bureau for Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment.

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

    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&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&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.

    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&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.  

    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&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.


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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 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
    General news1 month ago

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

    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&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&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.

    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&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.  

    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&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.


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  •  Mrs Abiodun Essiet a former Special Adviser to the Chairman Abuja Municipal Area Council AMAC is among 25 dynamic leaders considered as pioneers of the Open Government Leadership Collaborative OGLC an official of the group has said Mr Sanjay Pradhan Chief Executive Officer Open Government Partnership OGP said this in a statement issued in Abuja on Tuesday According to him the group of leaders will become Africa s and Middle East s pioneers for the OGLC He said Open Government Leadership Collaborative is designed to build a refreshed and ever growing coalition of open government leaders spearheading transformative reforms and advancing the open government movement He explained that their roles would be to shape the future of the initiative and fashion ways of how it could be broadened and deepened over time He also said thst the Essiet choice was indicated in her role in promoting open government partnership with its citizens in AMAC Essiet in collaboration with some civil society organisations ensured that the 2022 approved AMAC budget captured priority projects listed by the communities themselves he said in the statement AMAC became the third government institution in Nigeria to join the OGP global platform to build an all inclusive governance An all inclusive governance includes allowing women marginal groups vulnerable people to contribute to the development of the council www NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Nigeria’s Abiodun Essiet becomes pioneer, Open Government Leadership Collaborative
     Mrs Abiodun Essiet a former Special Adviser to the Chairman Abuja Municipal Area Council AMAC is among 25 dynamic leaders considered as pioneers of the Open Government Leadership Collaborative OGLC an official of the group has said Mr Sanjay Pradhan Chief Executive Officer Open Government Partnership OGP said this in a statement issued in Abuja on Tuesday According to him the group of leaders will become Africa s and Middle East s pioneers for the OGLC He said Open Government Leadership Collaborative is designed to build a refreshed and ever growing coalition of open government leaders spearheading transformative reforms and advancing the open government movement He explained that their roles would be to shape the future of the initiative and fashion ways of how it could be broadened and deepened over time He also said thst the Essiet choice was indicated in her role in promoting open government partnership with its citizens in AMAC Essiet in collaboration with some civil society organisations ensured that the 2022 approved AMAC budget captured priority projects listed by the communities themselves he said in the statement AMAC became the third government institution in Nigeria to join the OGP global platform to build an all inclusive governance An all inclusive governance includes allowing women marginal groups vulnerable people to contribute to the development of the council www NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Nigeria’s Abiodun Essiet becomes pioneer, Open Government Leadership Collaborative
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    Nigeria’s Abiodun Essiet becomes pioneer, Open Government Leadership Collaborative

    Mrs Abiodun Essiet, a former Special Adviser to the Chairman, Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC), is among 25 dynamic leaders considered as pioneers of the Open Government Leadership Collaborative (OGLC), an official of the group has said.

    Mr Sanjay Pradhan, Chief Executive Officer, Open Government Partnership (OGP), said this in a statement issued in Abuja on Tuesday.

    According to him, the group of leaders will become Africa’s and Middle East’s pioneers for the OGLC.

    He said “Open Government Leadership Collaborative is designed to build a refreshed and ever-growing coalition of open government leaders spearheading transformative reforms and advancing the open government movement”.

    He explained that their roles would be to shape the future of the initiative and fashion ways of how it could be broadened and deepened over time.

    He also said thst the Essiet choice was indicated in her role in promoting open government partnership with its citizens in AMAC.

    “Essiet, in collaboration with some civil society organisations, ensured that the 2022 approved AMAC budget captured priority projects listed by the communities themselves,” he said in the statement.

    AMAC became the third government institution in Nigeria to join the OGP global platform to build an all inclusive governance.

    An all-inclusive governance includes allowing women, marginal groups, vulnerable people to contribute to the development of the council.

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  •  Mr Boss Mustapha Secretary to the Government of the Federation SGF has charged state governments to key into the Open Government Partnership OGP initiative to enhance transparency and accountability in governance Mustapha made the call on Thursday at the 2nd Quarterly Meeting of Secretary to Government of the Federation and Secretaries to State Government SSG in Asaba The meeting has as its theme Democratic Governance and Sustainable Development in Nigeria Opportunities in Key Sectors of the Economy He said the quarterly forum strived to build the required synergy between the federal and state bureaucracies to enhance harmony and improve relationship between the tiers of government He said the appraisal provided a better appreciation of the scope of the office mandate and functions and more innovative ways of delivering them In addition the feedback process is also in place where citizens participate to have a greater say in public decision making as well as the desire by many governments to improve inclusivity and responsiveness led to calls for more openness in governance Pursuant to this the Federal Government has been collaborating with an international transparency and accountability organization known as the OGP This is to ensure that budget planning approval implementation monitoring and reporting meet the needs of citizens and that citizens have open access to budget information in a format that is both human and machine readable It is also to improve accountability and transparency of government procurement process through the implementation of open contracting and public participation in the public contracting process among others Mustapha added Federal Government would continue to give priority to high employment generating sectors business improvement environment and youth development and that social investment programmes will continue to be given the required attention The active support and collaboration of sub national governments is therefore very critical as we strive to resolve the present economic challenges of our country Nigeria The Sustainable Development Goals are being steadily implemented and substantial progress has been attained in a number of goals As we work towards meeting the 2030 target states are also encouraged to partner with the Federal Government in this area I urge you to utilise the instrumentality of your office as the policy coordination hub of government to fast track the initiation and implementation of policies and programmes The states can as well harness the various opportunities in key sectors of the economy offered by the federal government to improve the lives and well being of our people Mustapha said He said the forum provided an atmosphere for critical discussions and policy articulation experience sharing peer review and adaptations As you are aware Nigeria operates constitutional democracy which has characteristics such as guaranteed freedoms equity justice transparency and accountability among others Democracy also promotes an open participatory process feedback mechanism rule of law thereby guaranteeing better and fairer government policies programmes and project implementation As Leaders charged with responsibility of servicing government machinery policy coordination monitoring implementation of programmes and policies and reporting in our respective jurisdictions We need to address the question of how to effectively deliver democracy dividends in form of well articulated policies programmes and projects At the Federal level the realisation of the critical role of the SGF office in the coordination of government policies programs and projects led to conduct of an institutional appraisal in 2019 he said In his remarks Gov Ifeanyi Okowa represented by the SSG Chief Patrick Ukah said that only an effective democratic governance helped to advance sustainable development He said the theme was apt as government at all levels strived to strengthen democracy and make the idea real Okowa lauded the SGF for keeping fate with the cause of advancing the Forum through continuous engagements with Secretaries to State Government The Keynote Speaker and former Head of Service of the Federation Prof Oladapo Afolabi said to ensure good governance rule of law social accountability transparency and integrity independence and high moral values must retake the centre stage He urged all leaders to provide direction maintain order and put the interest of the people above self adding that anything contrary would be counter productive NewsSourceCredit NAN
    FG tasks state govts on open partnership for transparency, accountability
     Mr Boss Mustapha Secretary to the Government of the Federation SGF has charged state governments to key into the Open Government Partnership OGP initiative to enhance transparency and accountability in governance Mustapha made the call on Thursday at the 2nd Quarterly Meeting of Secretary to Government of the Federation and Secretaries to State Government SSG in Asaba The meeting has as its theme Democratic Governance and Sustainable Development in Nigeria Opportunities in Key Sectors of the Economy He said the quarterly forum strived to build the required synergy between the federal and state bureaucracies to enhance harmony and improve relationship between the tiers of government He said the appraisal provided a better appreciation of the scope of the office mandate and functions and more innovative ways of delivering them In addition the feedback process is also in place where citizens participate to have a greater say in public decision making as well as the desire by many governments to improve inclusivity and responsiveness led to calls for more openness in governance Pursuant to this the Federal Government has been collaborating with an international transparency and accountability organization known as the OGP This is to ensure that budget planning approval implementation monitoring and reporting meet the needs of citizens and that citizens have open access to budget information in a format that is both human and machine readable It is also to improve accountability and transparency of government procurement process through the implementation of open contracting and public participation in the public contracting process among others Mustapha added Federal Government would continue to give priority to high employment generating sectors business improvement environment and youth development and that social investment programmes will continue to be given the required attention The active support and collaboration of sub national governments is therefore very critical as we strive to resolve the present economic challenges of our country Nigeria The Sustainable Development Goals are being steadily implemented and substantial progress has been attained in a number of goals As we work towards meeting the 2030 target states are also encouraged to partner with the Federal Government in this area I urge you to utilise the instrumentality of your office as the policy coordination hub of government to fast track the initiation and implementation of policies and programmes The states can as well harness the various opportunities in key sectors of the economy offered by the federal government to improve the lives and well being of our people Mustapha said He said the forum provided an atmosphere for critical discussions and policy articulation experience sharing peer review and adaptations As you are aware Nigeria operates constitutional democracy which has characteristics such as guaranteed freedoms equity justice transparency and accountability among others Democracy also promotes an open participatory process feedback mechanism rule of law thereby guaranteeing better and fairer government policies programmes and project implementation As Leaders charged with responsibility of servicing government machinery policy coordination monitoring implementation of programmes and policies and reporting in our respective jurisdictions We need to address the question of how to effectively deliver democracy dividends in form of well articulated policies programmes and projects At the Federal level the realisation of the critical role of the SGF office in the coordination of government policies programs and projects led to conduct of an institutional appraisal in 2019 he said In his remarks Gov Ifeanyi Okowa represented by the SSG Chief Patrick Ukah said that only an effective democratic governance helped to advance sustainable development He said the theme was apt as government at all levels strived to strengthen democracy and make the idea real Okowa lauded the SGF for keeping fate with the cause of advancing the Forum through continuous engagements with Secretaries to State Government The Keynote Speaker and former Head of Service of the Federation Prof Oladapo Afolabi said to ensure good governance rule of law social accountability transparency and integrity independence and high moral values must retake the centre stage He urged all leaders to provide direction maintain order and put the interest of the people above self adding that anything contrary would be counter productive NewsSourceCredit NAN
    FG tasks state govts on open partnership for transparency, accountability
    General news2 months ago

    FG tasks state govts on open partnership for transparency, accountability

    Mr Boss Mustapha, Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), has charged state governments to key into the Open Government Partnership (OGP) initiative to enhance transparency and accountability in governance.

    Mustapha made the call  on Thursday at the 2nd Quarterly Meeting of Secretary to Government of the Federation and Secretaries to State Government (SSG) in Asaba.

    The meeting has as its theme, “Democratic Governance and Sustainable Development in Nigeria: Opportunities in Key Sectors of the Economy”.

    He said the quarterly forum strived to build the required synergy between the federal and state bureaucracies, to enhance harmony and improve relationship between the tiers of government.

    He said the appraisal provided a better appreciation of the scope of the office mandate and functions and more innovative ways of delivering them.

    “In addition, the feedback process is also in place where citizens participate to have a greater say in public decision-making as well as the desire by many governments to improve inclusivity and responsiveness led to calls for more openness in governance.

    “Pursuant to this, the Federal Government has been collaborating with an international transparency and accountability organization known as the OGP.

    “This is to ensure that budget planning, approval, implementation monitoring and reporting meet the needs of citizens and that  citizens have open access to budget information in a format that is both human and machine readable.

    It is also “to improve accountability and transparency of government procurement process through the implementation of open contracting and public participation in the public contracting process, among others”.

    Mustapha added, “Federal Government would continue to give priority to high employment generating sectors, business improvement environment and youth development and that social investment programmes will continue to be given the required attention.

    “The active support and collaboration of sub-national governments is therefore very critical as we strive to resolve the present economic challenges of our country, Nigeria.

    “The Sustainable Development Goals are being steadily implemented and substantial progress has been attained in a number of goals.

    ” As we work towards meeting the 2030 target, states are also encouraged to partner with the Federal Government in this area.

    “I urge you to utilise the instrumentality of your office as the policy coordination hub of government to fast-track the initiation and implementation of policies and programmes.

    “The states can as well harness the various opportunities in key sectors of the economy, offered by the federal government to improve the lives and well-being of our people,” Mustapha said.

    He said the forum provided an atmosphere for critical discussions and policy articulation, experience sharing, peer review and adaptations. 

    “As you are aware, Nigeria operates constitutional democracy, which has characteristics such as guaranteed freedoms, equity, justice, transparency and accountability among others.

    “Democracy also promotes an open participatory process, feedback mechanism, rule of law, thereby guaranteeing better and fairer government policies, programmes and project implementation.

    “As Leaders charged with responsibility of servicing government machinery, policy coordination, monitoring implementation of programmes and policies and reporting in our respective jurisdictions.

    “We need to address the question of how to effectively deliver democracy dividends in form of well-articulated policies, programmes and projects.

    “At the Federal level, the realisation of the critical role of the SGF office in the coordination of government policies, programs and projects led to conduct of an institutional appraisal in 2019,” he said.

    In his remarks, Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa, represented by the SSG, Chief Patrick Ukah, said that only an effective democratic governance helped to advance sustainable development.

    He said the theme was apt as government at all levels strived to strengthen democracy and make the idea real.

    Okowa lauded the SGF for keeping fate with the cause of advancing the Forum through continuous engagements with Secretaries to State Government.

    The Keynote Speaker and former Head of Service of the Federation, Prof. Oladapo Afolabi, said to ensure good governance, rule of law, social accountability, transparency and integrity, independence and high moral values must retake the centre stage.

    He urged all leaders to provide direction, maintain order and put the interest of the people above self, adding  that anything contrary would be counter- productive.


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  •  President Muhammadu Buhari in the course of the week expressed reservations over the degenerated welfare and working conditions of the nation s judiciary saying it was serious and would be addressed He said this would be done despite the dire state of the country s economy currently battling insecurity corruption and economic challenges aggravated by the COVID 19 and the war in Ukraine Buhari stated this when he hosted the chairman and representatives of the Body of Benchers a body of legal practitioners of the highest distinction in the legal profession in the State House Abuja on Thursday According to the president a democratic government like the one he leads standing on a tripod comprising the Executive Legislature and Judiciary cannot stand where one of its three pillars the Judiciary is not properly nurtured maintained and sustained to deliver on its very pivotal constitutional duties The president had earlier on July 25 hosted outgoing President of Economic Community of West African States ECOWAS Commission Jean Claude Kassi Brou at the Presidential Villa Abuja He lauded him for the role he played in ensuring that the sub regional body remained united Buhari said You showed great commitment to the unity of ECOWAS and of the sub region Your tenure has been very successful and I wish you and the family more successes ahead The president departed Abuja on Tuesday for Monrovia Liberia to attend the 175th independence anniversary of the country Buhari who was the Special Guest of Honour at the event joined other world leaders and organisations to rejoice with the people of Liberia at the event with the theme Fostering Unity Protecting Our Peace for Development and Prosperity Nigeria played a leading role in the stabilisation of the West African nation in the early 90s leading to the establishment of democratic rule and has continued to assist the country in many ways especially through the Technical Aids Corps scheme At the event in Monrovia Buhari called on leaders in West Africa to do all within their powers to ensure that elections were conducted in their countries in an atmosphere of trust freedom and transparency According to the president this is the only way the sub region can be insulated from the scourge of unconstitutional take overs that reared its head in three countries recently The president affirmed that democracy and good governance must take their roots on the African continent to sustain peace stability and development while leaders must redouble their efforts to guarantee the irreversibility of democracy On July 27 President Buhari presided over virtual meeting of the Federal Executive Council FEC at the Council Chambers of the Presidential Villa Abuja on Wednesday The Council approved an augmentation of N16 billion for the completion of the dualisation of the Kano Katsina Expressway The Council also received draft copies of the Medium Term Expenditure Framework 2023 2025 from the Ministry of Finance Budget and National Planning for onward transmission to the National Assembly for approval The ministry presented the draft for the country for the next three years to the Council President Buhari also summoned emergency meeting of the National Security Council on Thursday in Abuja where he expressed serious concern over the current security challenges facing some parts of the country and would stop at nothing to change the tide The president also hosted a delegation from the OGP Support Unit led by the Chief Executive Officer Dr Sanjay Pradhan on Thursday in Abuja During the meeting Buhari itemised the benefits Nigeria had derived from joining the Open Government Partnership OGP Support Unit since 2016 He said when he committed Nigeria to the membership of the Open Government Partnership at the London Anti Corruption Summit he was very clear about the role that the initiative would play in the fight against corruption According to him since that time we have developed and implemented two National Action Plans on the Open Government Partnership The Nigerian leader concluded the week with a congratulatory message to Archbishop Daniel Okoh General Superintendent of Christ Holy Church Odozi Obodo on his election as the President of the Christian Association of Nigeria CAN According to him the election of Okoh by the very important Christian body is a testament to his devotion to the Church of God in the country and beyond NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Buhari pledges ”better life” for Nigerian judges.
     President Muhammadu Buhari in the course of the week expressed reservations over the degenerated welfare and working conditions of the nation s judiciary saying it was serious and would be addressed He said this would be done despite the dire state of the country s economy currently battling insecurity corruption and economic challenges aggravated by the COVID 19 and the war in Ukraine Buhari stated this when he hosted the chairman and representatives of the Body of Benchers a body of legal practitioners of the highest distinction in the legal profession in the State House Abuja on Thursday According to the president a democratic government like the one he leads standing on a tripod comprising the Executive Legislature and Judiciary cannot stand where one of its three pillars the Judiciary is not properly nurtured maintained and sustained to deliver on its very pivotal constitutional duties The president had earlier on July 25 hosted outgoing President of Economic Community of West African States ECOWAS Commission Jean Claude Kassi Brou at the Presidential Villa Abuja He lauded him for the role he played in ensuring that the sub regional body remained united Buhari said You showed great commitment to the unity of ECOWAS and of the sub region Your tenure has been very successful and I wish you and the family more successes ahead The president departed Abuja on Tuesday for Monrovia Liberia to attend the 175th independence anniversary of the country Buhari who was the Special Guest of Honour at the event joined other world leaders and organisations to rejoice with the people of Liberia at the event with the theme Fostering Unity Protecting Our Peace for Development and Prosperity Nigeria played a leading role in the stabilisation of the West African nation in the early 90s leading to the establishment of democratic rule and has continued to assist the country in many ways especially through the Technical Aids Corps scheme At the event in Monrovia Buhari called on leaders in West Africa to do all within their powers to ensure that elections were conducted in their countries in an atmosphere of trust freedom and transparency According to the president this is the only way the sub region can be insulated from the scourge of unconstitutional take overs that reared its head in three countries recently The president affirmed that democracy and good governance must take their roots on the African continent to sustain peace stability and development while leaders must redouble their efforts to guarantee the irreversibility of democracy On July 27 President Buhari presided over virtual meeting of the Federal Executive Council FEC at the Council Chambers of the Presidential Villa Abuja on Wednesday The Council approved an augmentation of N16 billion for the completion of the dualisation of the Kano Katsina Expressway The Council also received draft copies of the Medium Term Expenditure Framework 2023 2025 from the Ministry of Finance Budget and National Planning for onward transmission to the National Assembly for approval The ministry presented the draft for the country for the next three years to the Council President Buhari also summoned emergency meeting of the National Security Council on Thursday in Abuja where he expressed serious concern over the current security challenges facing some parts of the country and would stop at nothing to change the tide The president also hosted a delegation from the OGP Support Unit led by the Chief Executive Officer Dr Sanjay Pradhan on Thursday in Abuja During the meeting Buhari itemised the benefits Nigeria had derived from joining the Open Government Partnership OGP Support Unit since 2016 He said when he committed Nigeria to the membership of the Open Government Partnership at the London Anti Corruption Summit he was very clear about the role that the initiative would play in the fight against corruption According to him since that time we have developed and implemented two National Action Plans on the Open Government Partnership The Nigerian leader concluded the week with a congratulatory message to Archbishop Daniel Okoh General Superintendent of Christ Holy Church Odozi Obodo on his election as the President of the Christian Association of Nigeria CAN According to him the election of Okoh by the very important Christian body is a testament to his devotion to the Church of God in the country and beyond NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Buhari pledges ”better life” for Nigerian judges.
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    Buhari pledges ”better life” for Nigerian judges.

    President Muhammadu Buhari in the course of the week, expressed reservations over  the degenerated welfare and working conditions of the nation’s judiciary, saying it was serious and would be addressed.

    He said this would be done despite the dire state of the country’s economy “currently battling insecurity, corruption and economic challenges,” aggravated by the COVID-19 and the war in  Ukraine.

    Buhari stated this when he hosted the chairman and representatives of the Body of Benchers, a body of legal practitioners of “the highest distinction in the legal profession” in the State House, Abuja, on Thursday.

    According to the president, a democratic government like the one he leads, “standing on a tripod comprising the Executive, Legislature and Judiciary, cannot stand where one of its three pillars, the Judiciary is not properly nurtured, maintained and sustained to deliver on its very pivotal constitutional duties.

    ” The president had earlier on July 25 hosted outgoing President of Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Commission, Jean-Claude Kassi Brou, at the Presidential Villa Abuja.

    He lauded him for the role he played in ensuring that the sub-regional body remained united.

    Buhari said: “You showed great commitment to the unity of ECOWAS, and of the sub-region.

    ”Your tenure has been very successful, and I wish you and the family more successes ahead.

    ” The president departed Abuja on Tuesday for Monrovia, Liberia, to attend the 175th independence anniversary of the country.

    Buhari, who was the Special Guest of Honour at the event, joined other world leaders and organisations to rejoice with the people of Liberia at the event with the theme: “Fostering Unity, Protecting Our Peace for Development and Prosperity.

    ” Nigeria played a leading role in the stabilisation of the West African nation in the early 90s, leading to the establishment of democratic rule and has continued to assist the country in many ways, especially through the Technical Aids Corps scheme.

    At the event in Monrovia, Buhari called on leaders in West Africa to do all within their powers to ensure that elections were conducted in their countries in an atmosphere of trust, freedom and transparency.

    According to the president, this is the only way the sub-region can be insulated from the scourge of unconstitutional take overs that reared its head in three countries recently.

    The president affirmed that democracy and good governance must take their roots on the African continent to sustain peace, stability and development while leaders must redouble their efforts to guarantee the irreversibility of democracy.

    On July 27,  President Buhari presided over virtual meeting of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) at the Council Chambers of the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Wednesday.

    The Council approved an augmentation of N16 billion for the completion of the dualisation of the Kano-Katsina Expressway.

    The Council also received draft copies of the Medium Term Expenditure Framework 2023-2025 from the Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning for onward transmission to the National Assembly for approval.

    The ministry presented the draft for the country, for the next three years to the Council.

    President Buhari also summoned emergency meeting of the National Security Council on Thursday in Abuja, where he expressed serious concern over the current security challenges facing some parts of the country and would stop at nothing to change the tide.

    The president also hosted a delegation from the OGP Support Unit, led by the Chief Executive Officer, Dr Sanjay Pradhan, on Thursday in Abuja.

    During the meeting, Buhari itemised the benefits Nigeria had derived from joining the Open Government Partnership (OGP) Support Unit since 2016.He said when he committed Nigeria to the membership of the Open Government Partnership at the London Anti-Corruption Summit, he was very clear about the role that the initiative would play in the fight against corruption.

    According to him, since that time, “we have developed and implemented two National Action Plans on the Open Government Partnership.

    The Nigerian leader concluded the week with a congratulatory message to Archbishop Daniel Okoh,  General Superintendent of Christ Holy Church (Odozi-Obodo), on his election as the President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN).

    According to him, the election of Okoh by the very important Christian body is a testament to his devotion to the Church of God in the country and beyond. 


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  •  President Muhammadu Buhari has itemised the benefits Nigeria had derived from joining the Open Government Partnership OGP Support Unit since 2016 The president listed the benefits when he received a delegation from the OGP Support Unit led by the Chief Executive Officer Dr Sanjay Pradhan on Thursday in Abuja He said when he committed Nigeria to the membership of the Open Government Partnership at the London Anti Corruption Summit he was very clear about the role that the initiative would play in the fight against corruption According to him since that time we have developed and implemented two National Action Plans on the Open Government Partnership By next month in August I will sign the third Action Plan which is in the final stages of development I am eager to sign the document so that we can continue to sustain the progress of reforms that we have recorded in the past six years of implementation The president also outlined some of the successes that the country had recorded since it began to implement the Open Government Partnership in 2016 Our budgeting processes have become more open citizens centred and participatory In accordance with the objective of fiscal transparency all stakeholders including the public are involved in the country s budget making process have access to the details of our budgets and have opportunity to make inputs into it As a proof of our progress Nigeria was ranked among the best improved countries for transparency in the latest global Open Budget Survey We have made significant progress in the beneficial ownership transparency in Nigeria We produced a roadmap of Beneficial Ownership Reporting in 2016 By December 2019 we established Africa s first Beneficial Ownership Register in the extractive industry In 2020 we amended our laws to expand Beneficial Ownership Reporting to all sectors of the economy We are currently building a robust national Beneficial Ownership Database which will be deployed to combat global criminal activities including illicit financial flows and terrorism financing We are equally convinced the Beneficial Ownership disclosure policy will support our domestic resource mobilization The president noted with delight that the Nigerian Government was encouraged at the last OGP Global Summit in Seoul South Korea as the country won the OGP Impact Award for commitment and progress on Beneficial Ownership Transparency As part of our commitment to sustain the progress I have just approved Nigeria s membership of the Beneficial Ownership Leadership Group he said On extractive industry transparency he said Nigeria as a leading member of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative was appointed recently to chair the global network of 20 countries implementing contract transparency Also as part of a broader commitment to extractive industry transparency we passed the Petroleum Industry Act which introduced sweeping reforms to enhance transparent and accountable governance of the oil and gas industry In public procurement we have established the Nigerian Procurement Portal where citizens can monitor all government procurement processes in a transparent manner We are currently improving this system to achieve greater effectiveness he added He observed that one of the reasons the country had made this much progress was because we have backed our verbal commitments with deliberate action by including OGP implementation in the national budget to ensure sustainability of the partnership in Nigeria With these steps we have taken our administration will bequeath to the next government a culture of transparency accountability and citizens participation in governance We have worked hard to institutionalise the OGP by mainstreaming open government practices across our governance systems He commended the national OGP team led by Minister of State Budget and National Planning Prince Clem Agba who is the Government Co Chair and the Civil Society Co Chair Dr Tayo Adeloju for their relentless efforts in advancing transparency and accountability in governance processes Earlier Pradhan recalled that he was there in London in 2016 when President Buhari committed to the 77 member organization as Number 70 He described Nigeria as an excellent performer one of the most open across the partnership Pradhan also lauded the country for opening up its budget processes contracts procurement and the extractive sector He advocated more reforms in disclosure of audit establishing an e procurement platform and institutionalisation of OGP among others Pradhan described Nigeria as a country with open hearts open arms of friendship and partnership NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Buhari lists Nigeria’s benefits from Open Government Partnership
     President Muhammadu Buhari has itemised the benefits Nigeria had derived from joining the Open Government Partnership OGP Support Unit since 2016 The president listed the benefits when he received a delegation from the OGP Support Unit led by the Chief Executive Officer Dr Sanjay Pradhan on Thursday in Abuja He said when he committed Nigeria to the membership of the Open Government Partnership at the London Anti Corruption Summit he was very clear about the role that the initiative would play in the fight against corruption According to him since that time we have developed and implemented two National Action Plans on the Open Government Partnership By next month in August I will sign the third Action Plan which is in the final stages of development I am eager to sign the document so that we can continue to sustain the progress of reforms that we have recorded in the past six years of implementation The president also outlined some of the successes that the country had recorded since it began to implement the Open Government Partnership in 2016 Our budgeting processes have become more open citizens centred and participatory In accordance with the objective of fiscal transparency all stakeholders including the public are involved in the country s budget making process have access to the details of our budgets and have opportunity to make inputs into it As a proof of our progress Nigeria was ranked among the best improved countries for transparency in the latest global Open Budget Survey We have made significant progress in the beneficial ownership transparency in Nigeria We produced a roadmap of Beneficial Ownership Reporting in 2016 By December 2019 we established Africa s first Beneficial Ownership Register in the extractive industry In 2020 we amended our laws to expand Beneficial Ownership Reporting to all sectors of the economy We are currently building a robust national Beneficial Ownership Database which will be deployed to combat global criminal activities including illicit financial flows and terrorism financing We are equally convinced the Beneficial Ownership disclosure policy will support our domestic resource mobilization The president noted with delight that the Nigerian Government was encouraged at the last OGP Global Summit in Seoul South Korea as the country won the OGP Impact Award for commitment and progress on Beneficial Ownership Transparency As part of our commitment to sustain the progress I have just approved Nigeria s membership of the Beneficial Ownership Leadership Group he said On extractive industry transparency he said Nigeria as a leading member of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative was appointed recently to chair the global network of 20 countries implementing contract transparency Also as part of a broader commitment to extractive industry transparency we passed the Petroleum Industry Act which introduced sweeping reforms to enhance transparent and accountable governance of the oil and gas industry In public procurement we have established the Nigerian Procurement Portal where citizens can monitor all government procurement processes in a transparent manner We are currently improving this system to achieve greater effectiveness he added He observed that one of the reasons the country had made this much progress was because we have backed our verbal commitments with deliberate action by including OGP implementation in the national budget to ensure sustainability of the partnership in Nigeria With these steps we have taken our administration will bequeath to the next government a culture of transparency accountability and citizens participation in governance We have worked hard to institutionalise the OGP by mainstreaming open government practices across our governance systems He commended the national OGP team led by Minister of State Budget and National Planning Prince Clem Agba who is the Government Co Chair and the Civil Society Co Chair Dr Tayo Adeloju for their relentless efforts in advancing transparency and accountability in governance processes Earlier Pradhan recalled that he was there in London in 2016 when President Buhari committed to the 77 member organization as Number 70 He described Nigeria as an excellent performer one of the most open across the partnership Pradhan also lauded the country for opening up its budget processes contracts procurement and the extractive sector He advocated more reforms in disclosure of audit establishing an e procurement platform and institutionalisation of OGP among others Pradhan described Nigeria as a country with open hearts open arms of friendship and partnership NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Buhari lists Nigeria’s benefits from Open Government Partnership
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    Buhari lists Nigeria’s benefits from Open Government Partnership

    President Muhammadu Buhari has itemised the benefits Nigeria had derived from joining the Open Government Partnership (OGP) Support Unit since 2016.

    The president listed the benefits when he received a delegation from the OGP Support Unit, led by the Chief Executive Officer, Dr Sanjay Pradhan, on Thursday in Abuja.

    He said when he committed Nigeria to the membership of the Open Government Partnership at the London Anti-Corruption Summit, he was very clear about the role that the initiative would play in the fight against corruption.

    According to him, since that time, “we have developed and implemented two National Action Plans on the Open Government Partnership.

    “By next month (in August), I will sign the third Action Plan, which is in the final stages of development.

    “I am eager to sign the document so that we can continue to sustain the progress of reforms that we have recorded in the past six years of implementation.

    ” The president also outlined some of the successes that the country had recorded since it began to implement the Open Government Partnership in 2016.

    “Our budgeting processes have become more open, citizens-centred and participatory.

    “In accordance with the objective of fiscal transparency, all stakeholders, including the public are involved in the country’s budget making process, have access to the details of our budgets, and have opportunity to make inputs into it.

    “As a proof of our progress, Nigeria was ranked among the best improved countries for transparency in the latest global Open Budget Survey.

    “We have made significant progress in the beneficial ownership transparency in Nigeria.

    “We produced a roadmap of Beneficial Ownership Reporting in 2016.

    By December 2019, we established Africa’s first Beneficial Ownership Register in the extractive industry.

    In 2020, we amended our laws to expand Beneficial Ownership Reporting to all sectors of the economy.

    “We are currently building a robust national Beneficial Ownership Database, which will be deployed to combat global criminal activities including illicit financial flows and terrorism financing.

    “We are equally convinced the Beneficial Ownership disclosure policy will support our domestic resource mobilization.

    ” The president noted with delight that the Nigerian Government was encouraged at the last OGP Global Summit in Seoul, South Korea, as the country won the OGP Impact Award for commitment and progress on Beneficial Ownership Transparency.

    “As part of our commitment to sustain the progress, I have just approved Nigeria’s membership of the Beneficial Ownership Leadership Group,” he said.

    On extractive industry transparency, he said Nigeria as a leading member of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, was appointed recently to chair the global network of 20 countries implementing contract transparency.

    “Also, as part of a broader commitment to extractive industry transparency, we passed the Petroleum Industry Act which introduced sweeping reforms to enhance transparent and accountable governance of the oil and gas industry.

    “In public procurement, we have established the Nigerian Procurement Portal, where citizens can monitor all government procurement processes in a transparent manner.

    We are currently improving this system to achieve greater effectiveness,” he added.

    He observed that one of the reasons the country had made this much progress was because “we have backed our verbal commitments with deliberate action, by including OGP implementation in the national budget to ensure sustainability of the partnership in Nigeria.

    “With these steps we have taken, our administration will bequeath to the next government a culture of transparency, accountability and citizens’ participation in governance.

    “We have worked hard to institutionalise the OGP by mainstreaming open government practices across our governance systems.

    ” He commended the national OGP team led by Minister of State, Budget and National Planning, Prince Clem Agba, who is the Government Co-Chair, and the Civil Society Co-Chair Dr. Tayo Adeloju, for their relentless efforts in advancing transparency and accountability in governance processes.

    Earlier, Pradhan recalled that he was there in London in 2016, when President Buhari committed to the 77-member organization as Number 70.

    He described Nigeria as “an excellent performer, one of the most open across the partnership”.

    Pradhan also lauded the country for opening up its budget processes, contracts, procurement, and the extractive sector.

    He advocated more reforms in disclosure of audit, establishing an e-procurement platform, and institutionalisation of OGP, among others.

    Pradhan described Nigeria as a country “with open hearts, open arms of friendship and partnership’’.

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