DFID Proud of South East states on adoption of OGP

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Governors of the South East have been commended for adopting the finest principles of governance through embracing the Open Government Partnership (OGP).
At a two day sensitization seminar on OGP, held in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State, the Reform Manager, South East, of the Partnership to Engage, Reform and Learn (PERL) and the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID), Ucheoma Egwuatu, Friday, lauded the SEGF on the commencement of initiative and for being proactive.
 
In congratulating the governors on OGP, Egwuatu noted that only seven states have embraced OGP in Nigeria, and four of those states are from the South East.
Only Imo State has not signed up for the implementation of the OGP initiative, which is a mechanism for good governance, as it promotes transparency and accountability. It was learnt that initiative was launched in September 20, 2011 and  Nigeria joined in July 2016. Today, the country ranks 70th in the initiative.
The Director General of South East Governors’ Forum (SEGF), Prof. Simon Uchenna Ortuanya, said that OGP “is a multi-stakeholders alliance that brings together governments and civil society leaders to create and implement action plans that make government more inclusive, responsive and accountable.
“It aims to secure commitments from national and sub-national governments to empower citizens, fight corruption, and harness new technologies to strengthen governance.”
He had described the zone as a leading light on OGP. According to him:  “The promptness with which the South East embraced the initiative underscores the importance and value our governors attach to issues of transparency in governance.”
Ortuanya also believes that the seminar has set the blueprint for the implementation of OGP and how MDAs in the states can contribute to the realization of its objectives.
Participants at the workshop included top government functionaries, stakeholders and policy makers.
 
ERL
The PERL is a five-year governance programme, funded by the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID). The programme focuses support on governments, citizens, and evidence-based advocacy. PERL provides assistance to governments in the core areas of policy development and implementation. It does this by assisting in tracking how these policies, plans and budgets are used in delivering services to promote growth and reduce poverty to the citizenry. The programme supports citizens to engage with these processes.
 
The PERL programme is delivered on three core principles, which support sustainable service delivery reforms. First is Accountable, Responsive & Capable Government (ARC);  Engaged Citizens (ECP); and Learning, Evidencing and Advocacy Partnership (LEAP).
 
Source: https://thenationalstatesman.com/2018/09/28/dfid-proud-of-south-east-states-on-adoption-of-ogp/