By Esther Atani, The Sight News
Transparency, Citizen Participation and Accountability are needed for a nation to thrive and achieve sustainable development.
This was the statement made at the Screening of “UP NEPA”, a documentary about the progress of open government partnership (OGP) in Nigeria held in Abuja yesterday.
The documentary screening was held by the African Centre for Leadership, Strategy and Development (Centre LSD) in partnership with MacArthur Foundation to create awareness about the initiative and get the partnership of all stakeholders in government in the country.
The Open Government Partnership (OGP) was formally launched on September 20, 2011 on the sidelines of a UN General Assembly meeting during which Heads of State from eight founding governments (Brazil, Indonesia, Mexico, Norway, Philippines, South Africa, United Kingdom, and the United States) endorsed the Open Government Declaration and announced their country action plans.
Nigeria joined the OGP in July 2016 after President Muhammed Buhari attended the International Anti-Corruption Summit organised by the United Kingdom. Following the signing, a National Steering Committee was constituted with the Federal Ministry of Justice.
The Open Government Partnership is an international multi-stakeholder initiative aimed at better government practises, service delivery and the use of technology and innovation to effect lasting change.