Nigerian Journalists Present Strategy of Advancing OGP in Calabar

The quest to advance Open Government Partnership (OGP) in Nigerian governance structures at all levels got a significant boost last Wednesday and Thursday in Calabar, Southern Nigeria, following the training of no fewer than twenty Journalists drawn from different parts of the country..

The Open Government Partnership (OGP) is a multilateral initiative that aims to secure concrete commitments from national and sub-national governments to promote open government, empower citizens, fight corruption, and harness new technologies to strengthen public governance around the world.

Welcoming participants at the training, the Executive Director of Centre LSD, Mr. Monday Osasah gave an insight into the dynamics of the OGP and it’s relevant to national development.

Osasah noted that amplifying the OGP process and breaking it down to the understanding of citizens can only be done by members of the fourth estate of the realm who are agenda setters and watch dogs of the society. These according to Osasah form the core objective of the training.

“About twenty states in Nigeria have sign on to the OGP but not all have an Action plan, some have the action plan but are they really acting on the commitment of the those action plans? This is a question you Journalist should ask as patriotic Nigerians while projecting accountability under the OGP process” Osasah said.

Former Co-chair of the OGP in Nigeria, Mr. Edetaen Ojo who is the main trainer at the workshop believes citizens can use the OGP during electioneering and campaign as condition for voting the right candidate.

“Yes, since it concerns accountability and co-creation geared towards development, we can say look, implement OGP commitment and win our votes” Ojo suggests.

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Ojo took journalists through what OGP is, the role of the media in the OGP process, overview of Nigeria’s National Action Plan, OGP Nigeria Governance and Management  Framework among other relevant topics.

Participants designed different strategies to advance the OGP such as weekly tweet chats, special reports, investigative tracking of commitment made by government under the OGP process, solution journalism and lots more.

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