Governor (Dr.) Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano state has signed an Executive Order for Open Government Partnership (OGP), a move, geared towards the improvement of citizens’ participation and access to government’s information.
According to the Chief Press Secretary to the state governor, Abba Anwar, the order is the second of its kind in the country at a time Nigeria is perfecting plans to sign the OGP’s executive order.
In his words, “The government and the people of Kano are desirous of securing improved public service delivery, increased public integrity, more effective management of public resources, safe communities and an effective platform for continuous interaction between government and the citizens.
“Kano state has joined the Open Government Partnership (OGP) to deepen institutional reforms, fight corruption, grant citizens’ right of access to public records and information and to enable citizens to effectively participate in governance”
He stated that Ganduje is committed to the OGP project, believing that states should also copy from President Muhammad Buhari’s abhorrence to corrupt practices.
Part of the principles of OGP as being outlined and agreed upon by participating countries since the original birth of the idea includes but not limited to an acknowledgement that people across the globe are demanding for more openness in running their affairs, a need for greater participation in governance, so as to make their governments more transparent, effective responsive and accountable.
The OGP crusade was officially launched under the United Nations umbrella in September 2011 and was joined by eight countries to fight corruption and support all-inclusiveness in governance globally.
Nigeria joined the OGP in July 2016 to become the 70th country in the crusade.