The need to urgently adopt the Open Government Partnership (OGP) model which requires greater collaboration between the government, civil society and the private sector has been identified as a tool to ensure sustainable development and attract the extra resources needed to boost developmental strides.
Lawyer and civil rights activist, Mr. Rommy Mom, who stated this at a one-day interactive session on Open Government Partnership (OGP) which held in Makurdi, Benue State, pointed out that the OGP model is basically anchored on the tripartite ideals of openness, transparency and accountability in governance.
Mr. Mom emphasised that States stand to gain more when the government and civil society come together as co-partners in the business of governance in line with OGP’s guiding principles of accountability, citizens participation, technology and innovation.
He urged the media and civil society (which he said includes Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and other professional bodies) to personally “take up the cause of OGP, own it and run with it”.
This disposition, Mr. Mom said, would give greater verve to OGP and keep the model in the front burner of public discourse.
The OGP advocate said asides Nigeria joining the OGP as its 70th member in July 2016, some States in the country including Jigawa, Kano, Kaduna, Anambra, Niger and Enugu have also adopted the model and have been reaping the bountiful benefits embedded in it.
He therefore called on civil society organisations (CSOs) which have witnessed the benefits of OGP in other States, to use sustained advocacy to push the Benue State government to give room for a much more open government in order to enjoy the benefits that come with it.
Various potential influencers of government policies and programmes cutting across professional, religious, traditional and the political class were later identified to be used as vehicles that will help convey and drive the OGP message to the appropriate quarters for it to be adopted as an ideal governance model in Benue State.
OGP is “an international multi-stakeholder global coalition of reformers from government and civil society working to make government transparent, participatory and accountable to truly serve and empower citizens.”
Report by Emmanuel Umele