el-Rufai Inaugurates Steering Committee On Open Govt Partnership

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BY ISAIAH BENJAMIN, Kaduna

Kaduna State government has signed into the Open Government Partnership (OGP) for transparency, accountability and citizens participation in all of its activities in the state.

This is just as the state governor, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai yesterday inaugurated the OGP Steering Committee for the full implementation of the initiative in the state.

el-Rufai in his speech shortly before the official inauguration explained that the state opted to be the first to key into the initiative to address negative citizens’ perception about government activities and governance in the state.

The inauguration of the committee in Kaduna followed  a two-day workshop for Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and relevant stakeholders with the sole aim of developing the state OGP Action Plan.

The governor recalled that a citizen perception survey which was carried out in 2015 with support from UKAID shortly after he took over the affairs of the state as elected governor showed that most people had lost confidence and trust in governance and in government activities and the need to rebuild such confidence became imperative.

According to the governor, the survey “ was to correct the anomalies in governance and ensure that the people who are the ultimate key stakeholders in determining how their resources should be utilized, hence the state government indicated interest to join OGP.

“Today I am happy that Kaduna State has now fully joined the OGP and the first to do so.

“This partnership will further entrench the commitment of Kaduna state government in area of fiscal responsibility, access to information and citizens’ engagement.”