YOUTH ANTI CORRUPTION PARTNERSHIP PROJECT IN KOGI STATE
with Support from Youth Alive Foundation YAF, YPAC project.
By Okwutepa Aminu Oseni
The anti corruption youth partnership is a coalition of youth focus Civil Society Organization and youth groups in kogi state which aimed at exposing, amplifying, and creating aweaness among the Youth on the fight against corruption. The overall goal of the project is to strengthen advocacy to State Government to sign up to Open government partnership in Nigeria, (OGP) for accountability and transparency in governance, open government partnership (OGP) is a strong tool in the prevention and fight against corruption, is a tailored stakeholder’s engagement aimed at promoting transparency and accountability in Governance, focal areas of this project, are promoting fiscal transparency, improve citizens engagement in governance, access to information and anti corruption. If kogi state sign up to this initiative it will be rated as the first state in North Central Nigeria to embrace the Open Government Partnership, which is in line in the fight against corruption. This project seek to mobilize the young people to advocate for the signing up to OGP by the state government in kogi state.
SUMMARY OF OPEN GOVERNMENTPARTNERSHIP (OGP) IN NIGERIA
Open Government Partnership (OGP) is a strong tool in the prevention and fight against corruption.
It is a tailored stakeholder’s engagement aimed at promoting transparency and accountability in Governance.
One of the major driving forces for the blockade in the flow of developmental funding from the International community and funding agencies is the lack of openness, transparency and accountability in spending of public funds.
OGP was launched on 20th September 2011 to provide an international platform for domestic reformers to make governments more transparent , accountable and responsive to citizens
There are eight founding members: Brazil, Mexico, Indonesia, Phillipines, Norway, South Africa, United Kingdom, and United States.
GUIDING PRINCIPLES OF OGP
Transperancy: Information on government activities and decisions is open and accessible.
Accountability: Rules, regulations and Mechanisms are in place that call upon government actors to justify their actions, act upon criticisms or requirements made of them and accept responsibility for failure to perform
Citizens Participation: Has the capacity and capability of Being a platform/basis for mobilization of citizens to engage in Public Debate, provide input, and make contributions that lead to more responsive and effective governance
Technology and Innovation: Encourages member states / state actors to see the importance of new technologies, thereby encouraging and increasing their capacity to use Such new technologies with the attendant benefits
OGP IN NIGERIA
President Muhammadu Buhari on 12th May 2016 at The London Anti Corruption Summit, made commitment to Nigeria signing up to OGP
President Muhammadu Buhari, in July 2016 formally signed up to the Open Government partnership (OGP) in Nigeria
President Muhammadu Buhari established an OGP secretariat in the Federal Ministry of Justice, led by a Coordinator who also doubles as the Special Adviser to the President on Social Justice Reforms.
Nigeria since the sign up and commencement of implementation of OGP has developed a National actionplan for implementation.
A National steering Committee comprising of equal number of state actors and civil society has been set up with the OGP national secretariat led Mrs Juliet Ibekaku, Special Adviser to the President on Social Justice Reforms and Coordinator of OGP National Secretariat.
Nigeria signed up as the 20th Country member of the OGP Internationally. All States in Nigeria are expected to sign up to OGP
3 states have so far signed up: Kaduna, Anambra and Kano
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS FOR KOGI STATE?
Multilateral and International Donor Agencies would be favourably disposed to partnering with states that sign up
Foreign Direct Investments would improve