By CLEMENT NWOJI, Abuja
The Minister of state for Budget and National Planing and Co-Chair of Open Government Partnership (OGP) Nigeria, Clem Agba, has assured proper implementation of the National Action Plan (NAP) two.
Agba spoke shortly after taking over from the Minister of Justice and erstwhile State Actor Co-Chair of OGP, Abubakar Malami during the 8th National Steering Committee (NSC) meeting in Abuja.
He stressed government’s commitment towards achieving transparency in its business and governance processes.
He said: ” I am aware that there were challenges in the implementation process of NAP 1 but I have every confidence that we will work out an implementation process that will produce desirable results for citizens in the shortest possible time.
“I must reiterate here that our commitment to reform government to be more responsive to the aspirations of citizens remains uppermost in the results we want to deliver.
“My vision in the next two years is to ensure a faithful implementation of the NAP 2. We truly want to be transparent. We want to strengthen the National Monitoring and Evaluation mechanism allowing for citizen’s feedback on project implementation through the use of appropriate technology.
“We will strive to involve citizens in the entire gamut of the budget process through the soon to be adopted participatory budget model.
” We will be open to the critique of government projects and actions. Overall, we want the Civil Society to see us as partners in the overall service to the nation.
“Undoubtedly, since the adoption of OGP in Nigeria, there has been some progress as well’as challenges in implementation.”
The Minister of state for Budget and National Planing Commission maintained that there was need for a detailed operating plan as the nation enters into the second phase of the National Action Plan which implementation would commence immediately with the active involvement of citizens and civil society organizations.
He commend the out gone National Steering Committee, led by my dear brother, the Honourable Attorney General and Minister of Justice, for their labour of love for the fatherland.
Earlier, prior to the handover, the out gone Non-state Actor Co-Chair of OGP, Edetean Ojo who is an Executive Director, Media Rights Agenda, while commending the National Steering Committee for the work so far done, noted however that there are challenges which is militating against its functioning.
He particularly noted the issue of ensuring more participation of women, lack of adequate funding and lack of legal framework for establishing OGP.