October 24, 2016 – The OGP Team led by the OGP CEO, Sanjay Pradhan met with the with Government representatives and the Civil Society on the second day of the 3-day event. The event was organised by the Federal Government through the Ministry of Justice and Office of Attorney General with support from the Open Alliance. The office of the Attorney General is the contact point and the secretariat office for OGP in Nigeria. In charge of interfacing with the civil society on OGP is Juliet Ibekaku, the Special Adviser to the President on Justice sector reform. High-level government officials were in attendance to engage the civil society organisations and draw plans for the smooth implementation of the commitments in the national action plan.
In attendance were the Deputy Governor of Kaduna state, Bala Bantex, the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Magu, Director General Bureau of Public Service Reform, Joe Abah and other senior government officials who contributed to the deliberations. The Deputy Governor of Kaduna state gave a speech on behalf of the State governor and expressed his appreciation towards the actualisation of an initiative that will on the long run impact states in Nigeria. The DG Bureau of Public Service Reform, Dr Joe Abah, explained what the agency under his control is doing regarding access to information.
The DG stated that his agency had designed an e-platform for people to make a request for information and get responses almost immediately. In cases where information requests are dragged, he gets an alert on his phone which puts him ahead of issues and ensures that the agency releases the information to the inquirer.
The second breakout session was done in groups. Each group had to pick one thematic area and discuss the provision in the draft national action plan. Organisations were paired according to their area of expertise and focus leading to contributions on what to add, revise, review and strike out. Each group
was to give thoughts on the content of the NAP and state the possible risks that could arise in the implementation of the commitment. Five (5) thematic areas were looked into which include:
- Access to Information
- Open Budget
- Citizen Engagement