OPEN GOVERNMENT PARTNERSHIP NIGER STATE PERSPECTIVE PART ONE
The Niger State Open Government Partnership was launched to deepened reforms in order to secured governance and strengthened citizen’s participation.
During it launched at the Niger State Government House, Chair by the Honorable Commissioner of Finance, Honorable Zakari Abubakar and Niger State Focal Person/Director General of OGP, Mr Siraj Saeed, on the 18th of April 2018, the civil societies in the state and top government officials of MDA’s were converged to chat a new course for the state.
The Open Government Partnership is a road map or mechanism for citizen’s participation, the approach of the OGP in Niger State will be peculiar to its local demands and integrating the existing reforms already carried out by the state government.
The OGP Niger will be a coalition of reformers in the public sector which are the state actors and the civil societies in the state as the non state actors working together to make government transparent, accountable and participatory in order to empowered the citizens of Niger State.
Niger State Open Government Partnership will tackle and proffer local solutions to local problems in the state, in their brief summary the OGP National Coordinator and Special Adviser to the President on Justice Reforms, Mrs Juliet Ibekaku Nwagwu represented by Sir Jideani Chukwuemeka and OGP National Secretariat Civil Society Adviser, Mr Stanley Achonu, stated that Niger State had satisfied the criteria for eligibility into OGP.
They stressed fiscal transparency, access to information, citizens engagement and public disclosure as part of the criteria, they further explained that the state government had open itself to transparency, accountability, mobilizing citizens of the state and technological innovation as a principles for Open Government.