Nigeria reiterates commitment to transparent governance

Peter Bahago, Abuja

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The Nigerian government says it will sustain the momentum it recorded in implementing the 1st National Action Plan, NAP of the Open Government Partnership principles, OGP under the 2nd National Action Plan.

This is part of government’s effort to ensure transparency and citizens participation in governance.

Nigeria’s Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami disclosed this at the occasion of the Country visit of the Chief Executive Officer of Open Government Partnership, Mr. Sanjay Pradhan in Abuja.

Open Government Partnership is aimed at promoting transparency, accountability and citizen participation in governance process.

According  to the Minister, the second NAP which is an improvement of the first one highlighted the expected impacts, outcome and milestone it seeks to achieve.

“The OGP Secretariat in Nigeria has forwarded the 2nd NAP to the Support Unit for technical review and feedback”  he stated.

In order to ensure access to information by citizens on how government operates, Mr. Malami said the Freedom of Information Unit, FoI of his ministry has trained and continued to train public officials in various Ministries, Departments and Agencies, MDAs on the provisions of FoI Act.

“Currently, FoI Desk Officials in the Ministry have been designated in 135 MDAs” the minister said.

Mr. Malami was represented at the event by Mr. Dayo Akpata.

 

Mercy Chukwudiebere