OGP Nigeria Media Event
Nigeria joined the Open Government Partnership in 2016 to deepen governance reforms as well as promote the fight against corruption in the country. Since joining, the country has developed two National Action Plans across critical thematic areas and sectors. NAPs 1 and 2 have a total combined 30 commitments which state and non-state actors are co-creating to achieve the Federal Government’s vision of signing into the OGP.
In implementing the NAP, the country has made modest gains and successes especially in the areas of Beneficial Ownership, Freedom of Information, Open Procurement, Participatory Budgetary processes, and Citizens Engagement.
Sadly, most of the successes of the OGP in Nigeria is not in the public glare, citizens are scarcely aware of the OGP as well as the modest achievements of the partnership in the country since sign in. The need for the OGP Secretariat to increase the publicity and sensitization of the OGP processes and achievements in the country cannot therefore not be overemphasized. The world is in the era of information technology and the use of media both new and traditional and Nigeria’s OGP story cannot be left out.
One of the biggest wins of OGP Nigeria is the emergence of country as the deserved winner of the coveted 2021 OGP Impact Award for Africa and Middle East Region at the recent OGP Global Summit in Seoul, South Korea on 15th December 2021. This is a huge win that must be celebrated and put in the public space, citizens must know that the country is making such tremendous progress in open governance, this will serve as both a motivation and impetus for them to support and engage the process.