By Gabriel Ameh, The Sight News
Abuja-In a bid to raise and encourage transparency, accountability and citizens participation in governance, open partnership government (OGP) has launched it’s maiden dialogue with the media to create room for transparency and accountability by public office holders to its citizens.
Speaking on Friday in Abuja, the Attorney General of Federation and Minister for Justice, Abubakar Malami said that the concept of the open government partnership is for reformers to make their government accountable, transparent and responsible to the need of it’s citizens.
The AGF who was represented by the National Coordinator, Open Government Partnership, Barrister Juliet Nwagwu, said that “one of the key principle and objective of OGP is providing equal participation of civil society alongside government in the business of governance and openness in the management of national economy through proper disclosure and inclusiveness that would lead to optimal resource utilization and reduction of corruption through citizens participation in decision making”.
He noted that the government is aware that the media is one of the key elements of the civil service that derive it’s power from constitution, adding that “Section 22 of the 99 constitution expressly recognise the role of the media to uphold the accountability and responsibility of government to the people”.
While commending the initiative of OGP, he further told participants that the Open Government Partnership media dialogue is a very crucial initiative for the actualization of the present administration’s objective,adding that the media must be carried along at all times.
He further stressed that under the citizen engagement commitment area,government is deliberately creating technology driven platforms for proactive and disclosure of information to enable media and citizens learn about there projects and program.
On the issue of feedbacks,he said that this administration takes the feedback and concern raised by stakeholders on any policy pronouncements very seriously as his office has directed the OGP Secretariat to provide monthly report and feedbacks.
Also speaking, the Minister of information and culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammad who was represented by the managing director (NAN) Mr. Bayo Onanuga told newsmen and participant that open government partnership is partnership between the Nigeria government and the open society, adding that OGP is geared towards moving the government from being a secret organization to a more open and transparent organization.
He however kicked against OGP abuse of the partnership with the government affairs by unnecessarily finding them on the pages of newspapers, Television stations and radio stations on the affairs of government.
Meanwhile, he commended the OGP management efforts, initiative and called for greater citizen engagement in governance.