Open Government Partnership: CSOs want ‘Open Niger’

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By Tina George, Minna

#TrackNigeria: Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in Niger state have called on Niger governor, Abubakar Sani Bello to provide an open and transparent state.

They made the call during the inauguration of the Steering Committee of Open Government Partnership (OGP) in Minna Wednesday.

The Co-Chair, who represents the Non-State Actors in the OGP Steering committee, Samuel Yisa told news men that Niger state government had no choice than to be transparent and accountable. 

According to him, it is time for the people of the state to be fully involved in all aspects of governance, especially in tracking and monitoring the budget. 

“We expect a better Niger from now on, a Niger that Nigerlites will be involved in their own governance, a Niger that government and the civil societies will work together to promote good governance in the state, to bring about accountability and engage the citizens in all aspect of governance. 

“Nigerlites want to see result, they want to see develoent and how they can benefit from the essence of government, the non state actors in the steering committee intend to ensure that there is an Open Niger,” Yisa said.

The Niger state OGP Focal Person, Alhaji Sirajo Sa’id explained that the open government partnership would make government as transparent and accountable as possible.

He however pointed that the state government was willing to ensure openness in all its process and sectors. 

“Initially government worked on its own but today, government wants citizens to be part of the. It is no more like government officials will just sit down and decide for the state, now, the civil societies who represent the people, have more voice in the state.”  

Inaugurating the steering committee, Governor Bello said that the state was on the path towards increased openness and public participation.

He added that OGP would encourage the people to be more involved in government activities, take ownership and lead in their execution and monitoring which would also lead to increased trust between government and the people.

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