OGP Nigeria set to re-strategise,  deepen reforms

The Minister of Youth Development, Dr. Jamila Bio Ibrahim, who serves as the state co-chair, OGP Nigeria,  has said that the Nigeria Open Government Partnership (OGP) is ready to deepen governance reforms as well as promote the fight against corruption in the country in line with President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s cardinal objective of fighting corruption and growing the economy. 

She stated  this while delivering her opening remarks during the OGP Nigeria Review and Strategy Conference held in Abuja Wednesday. 

She described Nigeria’s journey with the OGP since its inception in the country as a significant progress in enhancing transparency, citizen engagement and good governance.

She said: “The OGP principles have been instrumental in addressing corruption and fostering accountable practices in the country, the successful implementation of OGP initiatives, especially in citizens’ participation, beneficial ownership transparency and freedom of information, highlights the potential for further positive impact.”

The minister appreciated President Bola Ahmed Tinubu for taking open governance ideals and situating them adequately in his 8-point agenda, saying the administration has further demonstrated its support for open governance, transparency and accountability by re-launching the Citizens Delivery Portal (app.cdcu.gov.ng) to give citizens the opportunity to assess government’s delivery of the 8 priority areas and provide necessary feedback to enhance implementation. 

She underscored OGP Nigeria milestones so far to include the institutionalisation of OGP principles in Nigeria, approval of Nigeria’s membership of the OGP Global Beneficial Ownership Leadership Group by the former President Muhammadu Buhari; establishment of the Nigerian Open Contracting and Procurement Portal (NOCOPPO), where citizens can monitor all government procurement processes in a transparent manner.

She said, “We are currently improving this system to achieve greater effectiveness.”