CSOs laud AMAC’s open government partnership

 No fewer than 10 Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) have commended the Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) for operating an Government Partnership (OGP) with members of the public.

They gave the commendation at a virtual meeting organised Monday to draw up a one-year Action plan towards fulfilling OGP mandate in AMAC.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the CSOs include Dean Initiative, ActionAid, Centre LSD, Connected Development, MacArthur Foundation, SERAP, and Foundation for Family Values, among others.

Mrs Abiodun Essiet, Special Adviser ICT, Civil Societies and Donor to the Chairman, AMAC, said that the initiative was to and accountability in governance.

She added that the Abdullahi Candido-led administration of AMAC also created social media platforms to reach out to and get feedback from members of the public government policies.

Essiet added that needs assessment was also conducted in various communities within the area council before budget of a new fiscal year was done.

She added that all these were to promote government accountability and partnership at the grassroots level.

Mr Semiye Michael, Founder, Dean Initiative, added that AMAC had become an example to Local Government Areas in terms of its willingness to be especially in respect to the budget.

commended the area council for providing opportunities to civil society organisations and to have access to the council at all times.

Mr Oladayo Olaide, representative of the MacArthur Foundation, also commended the council for exhibiting true leadership by promoting in governance.

NAN reports that Abuja Municipal Area council became a member of Government Partnership (OGP) in 2020, as the first Local Government in Nigeria to become a member of OGP Local.

The OGP Local programme is aimed at transparency, accountability, responsiveness and inclusion to better meet the needs of they serve.(NAN)