By Dennis Agbo
ENUGU – Enugu state Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi has approved the state’s membership of Open Government Partnership, OGP, in Nigeria.
OGP is a non-governmental agency committed to good governance through transparency, accountability, citizen participation and use of technology and innovation.
The state’s Head of Directorate, Visit Every Community, VEC, Dr Eric Oluedo, who announced the state’s membership of OGP, on Monday, said “His Excellency, Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi has just called in to inform me that the memo on Enugu State signing in for OGP has been approved!”
Oluedo made the disclosure to the participants of the on-going OGP in Kaduna and communicated Spokesperson of Civil Society Groups in Enugu state, Mr. Onyebuchi Igboke.
Igboke told vanguard that with the development, Enugu State was set to partner International Organizations on good governance.
Igboke also stated that with the development, Enugu emerged fourth state to join the OGP after three other states, Anambra, Kaduna and Kanothat had joined the transparency in governance initiative.
At an Open Alliance seminar organised by Civil Society Organizations, CSOs, in the state last week, the head of VEC, Oluedo had said that the purpose of OGP initiative was to bring together government, civil society and professionals to promote transparency, increase civic participation, fight corruption and harness new technology to strengthen governance in states.
He disclosed that any state that joins OGP must observe the four principles of OGP which are transparency, accountability, citizen participation and use of technology and innovation.
Spokesperson of CSOs in the state, Igboke commended the state government for joining OGP and promised that they would work with government commitment for transparency, accountability, innovation and citizen participation.
Igboke who is also the manager, Voice of the People Project, disclosed that Enugu State Open alliance would allow CSOs to form co-creators of open government partnership in the State.
“We the civil society saw OGP as a very laudable opportunity for us to key into what we have been advocating for. We have been advocating for good governance and the citizens’ advocates for transparency and accountability in the side of government,”he said.