Stakeholders urge Kogi to key into Open Govt Partnership

Participants at a one-day stakeholders strategic   have called on the Kogi government to key the Open Governance Partnership (OGP) to promote transparency, accountability and good governance.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the OGP, is a multilateral initiative that aims to secure concrete commitments from national and sub-national governments to promote open government, citizens, fight corruption, and harness new technologies to strengthen governance

The participants made the call in a communiqué issued at the end of the organised by the Conscience For Human Rights and Conflict Resolution (CHRCR) in partnership with African For Leadership Strategies And Development ( LSD).

In the communiqué signed by Mr Idris Miliki, Executive Director of Kogi-based CHRCR in Lokoja, participants said the call was in view of the importance of the global OGP concept with potential to check corruption and enhance good governance, 16 states in Nigeria had presently signed up.

The participants said the objective of the was to build on the existing Networks on Anti-Corruption, Transparency and Accountability (NATA), to mobilise media institutions and professionals in reporting activities on OGP in Kogi.

The participants called for a multi-lateral financial institutions particular the World Bank to begin to hold state governments accountable by verifying the situations of implementations on ground before rating them on financed projects.

They said that there should be no rivalry but rather, a broad based and partnerships between the state government and the Civil Society Organisations as both work for and in the interest of the citizens.

Participants said there was need for the House of members to live up to their constitutional responsibilities by performing their oversight functions on all institutions of the state, “particularly the local government councils.”

They called on media professionals to take interest in OGP issues and partner with the Civil Society Organisations in particular and other relevant institutions to drive the OGP Concept.

Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), participants also said,  need to do in raising awareness and sensitisation of the general public on the OGP and with the government to get the OGP.

They said there was need for the development to also continue to work with the CSOs in the state to promote the OGP process.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that  the OGP was launched on Sept.  20, 2011 an international platform for domestic reformers to make their governments open, accountable and responsive to citizens.

NAN reports that Nigeria joined in 2016 and is implementing 16 commitments.

Nigeria’s action plan features commitments related to fiscal transparency, anti-corruption, extractive transparency, inclusiveness, and public service delivery. (NAN)