by Christiana Gokyo, Jos
A Steering Committee for the Open Government Partnership, popularly known as OGP, which has hundreds of members comprising of government, non-governmental jurisdictions in 78 countries has been inaugurated by the Plateau State Government.
The inauguration follows the admission of the state last year into the global organisation that promotes good governance working with reformers inside and outside of government to transform how government serves its citizens.
Secretary to the Government of Plateau State, Prof. Danladi Abok Atu, who represented the governor at the inauguration, explained that the state was delighted to join the OGP, which is an organization that brings together governments and civil society leaders to create more transparent, inclusive, and participatory government.
He said the government will continue to embrace all initiatives to promote prudence, transparency, accountability and people driven-resource management, in order to give value to the lives of its citizens.
He narrated that, apart from implementing the Treasury Single Account, the government has ensured that its resources are saved through the Efficiency Unit, adding that others are the Project Monitoring and Result Delivery Unit (PMRDU), Bureau for Public Procurement, and compliance with State Fiscal Transparency, Accountability and Sustainability (SFTAS).
The governor stated that, some of these qualities facilitated the admittance of Plateau State among the only two jurisdictions to be selected to join OGP in 2020, and reiterated his personal commitment to the rules and values of transparency, accountability and collaboration, conscious of the fact that the government is a product of collective citizens’ action.
“We hinged our participation in the OGP Local Programme on Five Thematic Areas that align with our Development Strategy, as follows: Citizens Engagement, Fiscal Transparency, Peace and Security, Gender and Open Contracting. We believe that our membership of the OGP will further enhance transparency in governance, while facilitating constructive citizens’ engagement that will in turn transform our public service and accelerate economic development,” he said.
Commissioner for Special Duties, Inter-Governmental Affairs & NGOs, Hon. Irimiya Jerry Werr, said “Having received this OGP membership, it is now time for the state to justify the trust of the international community and match words with action.”
The Steering Committee is a Multi Stakeholder Forum, made up of fourteen persons, comprising seven government officials and six members of the Plateau State Civil Society Organizations (CSO) Forum, with the Focal Person serving as the Secretary.
The committee is expected to drive the co-creation of the State OGP Action Plan 2021–2023; set up and manage Technical Working Groups for the Thematic Areas identified by the state; monitor the implementation of the Action Plan by the State Government for the fulfillment of the commitments made therein; and enlarge and engage with the OGP International Team for Independent Review Mechanism.
It is also expected to engage with the OGP National Office whenever necessary and carry out any other assignment directed to it for the promotion of the values of the OGP in the state.