The Nigerian government has directed Ministries, Department and Agencies, MDAs, to set up an Open Government Partnership Unit, OGP, to enhance participatory governance.
The unit will fall under the Department of Reforms Coordination and Service Improvement as part of efforts to implement the National Action Plans of the country.
Engagement in governance
The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, AGF, Abubakar Malami stated this at the 4th National Steering Committee Meeting of Open Government Partnership, OGP in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.
Malami said the collaborative platform of the OGP, offered opportunities of new approaches to ensure citizen’s engagement in governance.
According to the AGF, its Secretariat has been directed to work with the Head of Service to ensure that a Service-Wide Circular is issued with a view to implementing the directives.
Malami also commended the Kaduna State Government for ensuring that the citizens actively participated in decision making through the use of the ‘Eyes and Ears’ electronic platform.
Open Government Partnership is a multi-stakeholder initiative that focuses on improving government’s transparency, accountability and responsiveness to citizens through technology and innovation.
Mr. Malami was represented by the Minister of State for Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed at the event.