By Benjamine Ama, The Sight News
Abuja-Nigeria’s Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation Abubakar Malami(SAN), has said that for Nigeria to fight corruption to a standstill, the authorities must be accountable, open, transparent and accessible to the citizen.
This is as he noted that openness will help the citizens gain necessary information about the activities of the government, and also for the people to participate fully in governance of the nation.
The Minister said this on Tuesday while attending the Open Government Partnership (OGP) Third National Steering Committee and working group meeting in Abuja.
Malami reiterated that the government under the leadership of President Buhari, has never been found wanting when it comes to fighting corruption in Nigeria, stating that corruption is generally embedded in secrecy and the government has decided to operate an open system, which will expose the perpetrators of corruption.
“To fight corruption you must be open as government, you must be transparent, you must be accountable”, Malami stated.
Speaking earlier in an interview with newsmen, Nigeria’s Minister of Communication, Barr. Adebayo Shittu said that the whole idea of OGP is to make government a transparent system where its citizens have confidence that they will have access to whatever information they want on how government is run.
“As it is today, a lot of government information are hidden in files, bookshelves, and people are unable to access it”, Shittu opinned.
The Open Government Partnership (OGP) is a multilateral initiative launched in 2011 to provide a platform for domestic reformers to secure concrete commitments and make their governments more responsive, accountable and transparent to their citizens.
Nigeria became a member of OGP on the 23rd of June 2016 and it’s third steering meeting aims to secure concrete commitments from governments to promote transparency, empower citizens, fight corruption, and harness new technologies to strengthen governance.