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NOA urges Plateau citizens to demand for Open Government Partnership



The National Orientation Agency (NOA) has advised the citizens of Plateau state to demand for an Open Government Partnership (OGP) aimed at promoting open government.

The State Coordinator, Mr Bulus Dabit, gave  the advice while presenting a paper at a one-day capacity building workshop for NOA staff in Jos on Monday.

The workshop, in collaboration with Youth, Adolescent, Reflection and Action Centre (YARAC) was to build the capacity of NOA staff toward enhanced service delivery.

Nigeria News Agency reports that the Open Government Partnership (OGP) is a multilateral initiative that aims at securing  concrete commitments from national and subnational governments to promote open government.

The OGP is also aims at empowering citizens, fight corruption, and harness new technologies to strengthen governance.

Dabit said that the citizens must demand for it before it could be implemented in their state.

Open Government Partnership is what we should clamour for because the benefits are enormous for the citizens, we have to hold government accountable.

He said Nigeria had keyed into it and states such as Niger and Kaduna had their own State Action Plan (SAP) in place already.

“For it to take effect, the people need to demand for it, Plateau needs its own state action plan so that it can take effect.

Dabit said that the workshop was apt because civil society organisations such as YARAC were the ones to sensitise the public on the need for OGP.

In his remarks, Mr Duke Ogbureke, YARAC Director, noted that building the capacity of workers is important as it would help them function effectively in different capacities.

Ogbureke said that the staff would be trained on effective service delivery and how to write proposals, adding that an organisation such as NOA needed funds to carry out different projects, adding that writing good proposals would attract funds.

Edited By: Modupe Adeloye and Abdullahi Yusuf

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