Open alliance Nigeria took its awareness campaign on Open Government Partnership (OGP) to the South –South region of the country yesterday 7th September,2018 with a charge to Civil Society Organizations(CSOs) in the region to create more awareness on OGP.
Addressing Journalists at the sideline of the event, Uchenna Arisukwu the Citizen Engagement Coach for OGP in Nigeria stated that the programme hopes to build capacity of CSOs about OGP. He listed the benefits of OGP to states to include trust between the Government and its people, more revenues for states, global recognition and so many others.
He said “OGP is all about anti-corruption which makes Government more accountable”.
Also speaking, the national co-coordinator of Open Alliance Nigeria, Abayomi Akinbo said “In OGP you have Government and CSOs on the same platform”.
He said “Government and CSOs is accountable to each other and also accountable to the people’’.
He noted that OGP is not confrontational but involves constant engagement with people in Government.
The CSO adviser at OGP national secretariat Stanley Achonu said “OGP process hopes to engage Government in governance”.
He said “OGP process hopes to provide citizens regular access to interact with Government on key Government policies”.
He said “the major challenge is lack of trust between the citizen and the Government which OGP hopes to resolve”.
He said “ When citizens are aware, they can question Government expenditure and tackle corruption”.
He revealed that Nigeria is a leading example in implementing OGP in Africa but there is still alot of work to be done.
The venue of the programme was filled to its capacity as many CSOs from the South-South region of the country attended the event.