11 May 2016
The Open Government Partnership (OGP) is a multilateral initiative that aims to secure concrete commitments from governments to promote transparency, empower citizens, fight corruption, and harness new technologies to strengthen governance.
In the spirit of multi-stakeholder collaboration, OGP is overseen by a Steering Committee including representatives of governments and civil society organizations.
To become a member of OGP, participating countries must endorse a high-level Open Government Declaration, deliver a country action plan developed with public consultation, and commit to independent reporting on their progress going forward.
In delivering the keynote address at the Commonwealth Tackling Corruption Together Conference which held in London today, Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari pledged the country’s commitment to joining the OGP. The President stated, “for our part, Nigeria is committed to signing the Open Government Partnership initiatives alongside Prime Minister Cameron during the Summit tomorrow.”
The organization welcomed the addition of Nigeria as the 11th African country to join the OGP out the 69 countries currently members.
In his address, President Buhari noted that, “a main component of this anti-corruption partnership is that governments must demonstrate unquestionable political will and commitment to the fight. The private sector must come clean and be transparent, and civil society, while keeping a watch on all stakeholders, must act and report with a sense of responsibility and objectivity”, and pledged his commitment to forging partnerships with other governments and the civil society to fight corruption.
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