PLATEAU: TO PROMOTE MORE PRUDENCY, TRANSPARENCY AND ACCOUNTABILITY: GOVERNOR LALONG INAUGURATES OGP STEERING COMMITTEE

By: Valentine Adese (JP),

Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong has inaugurated the Steering Committee for the Open Government Partnership, popularly known as OGP.

The Group, based on information has hundreds of members, comprising of Government, Non-Governmental jurisdictions in 78 countries.

The inauguration of the Steering Committee follows the admission of the state last year, into this global organization that promotes good governance.

Apart from promoting good governance, REALITY gathered that, the group also works with reformers, inside and outside of government, to transform how government should serve its citizens.

GOV. LALONG

According to a Plateau State Government Press release, signed by, Dr. Makut Simon Macham, the Director of Press and Public Affairs to the State Governor, dated, 6th February 2021, Governor Lalong, was represented at the inauguration by the Secretary to the Government of Plateau State, Prof. Danladi Abok Atu.

According to the content of the release, Governor Lalong explained that, the state was delighted to join the OGP, for the fact that the organization brings together, “Governments and civil society leaders, to create more transparent, inclusive, and participatory government”.

Governor Lalong said, his administration has continued to embrace all initiatives to promote prudence, transparency, accountability and people driven-resource management in order to give value to the lives of its citizens.

Adding that, “Apart from, implementing the Treasury Single Account the Government has ensured that, government resources are saved through the Efficiency Unit”.

“We hinged our participation in the OGP Local Programme on Five Thematic Areas that align with our Development Strategy, as follows:

“Citizens Engagement, Fiscal Transparency, Peace and Security, Gender and Open Contracting.

“We believe that our membership of the OGP will further enhance transparency in governance, while facilitating constructive citizens’ engagement that will in turn transform our public service and accelerate economic development”.

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PRESS STATEMENT

GOVERNOR LALONG VOWS INCLUSIVE GOVERNANCE AND TRANSPARENCY, AS HE INAUGURATES OGP STEERING COMMITTEE

Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong has inaugurated the steering committee for the Open Government Partnership, popularly known as OGP.

The Group has hundreds of members, comprising of Government, Non-Governmental jurisdictions in 78 countries.

This follows the admission of the State last year into the global organization that promotes good governance, working with reformers inside and outside of government to transform how government serves its citizens.

Governor Lalong, who was represented at the inauguration by Secretary to the Government of Plateau State, Prof. Danladi Abok Atu, explained that the State was delighted to join the OGP, which is an organization that brings together governments and civil society leaders, to create more transparent, inclusive, and participatory government.

He said his Government continues to embrace all initiatives to promote prudence, transparency, accountability and people driven-resource management in order to give value to the lives of its citizens.

The Governor said apart from implementing the Treasury Single Account, the Government has ensured that government resources are saved through the Efficiency Unit. Others are the Project Monitoring and Result Delivery Unit (PMRDU), Bureau for Public Procurement, and compliance with State Fiscal Transparency, Accountability and Sustainability (SFTAS).

He said some of these qualities facilitated the admittance of Plateau State among the only two jurisdictions to be selected to join OGP in 2020. He reiterated his personal commitment to the rules and values of transparency, accountability and collaboration, conscious of the fact that the government is a product of collective citizens’ action.

“We hinged our participation in the OGP Local Programme on Five Thematic Areas that align with our Development Strategy, as follows: Citizens Engagement, Fiscal Transparency, Peace and Security, Gender and Open Contracting. We believe that our membership of the OGP will further enhance transparency in governance while facilitating constructive citizens’ engagement that will in turn transform our public service and accelerate economic development” he said.

Commissioner for Special Duties, Inter-Governmental Affairs & NGOs Hon. Irimiya Jerry Werr said having received this OGP membership, it is now time for Plateau State to justify the trust of the international community and match words with action.

The Steering Committee which is a Multi Stakeholder Forum, made up of fourteen persons, comprising seven government officials and six members of the Plateau State Civil Society Organizations (CSO) Forum, with the Focal Person serving as the Secretary. This Committee is co-chaired by Dr. John Jinung Co-Leader, Plateau State Civil Societies Forum while each of the five thematic areas has a Technical Working Group (TWG) co-chaired by the remaining members.

The membership of the Plateau State OGP Steering Committee is as follows:

S/N      Role     Government    Non-Governmental Partner

1     Steering Committee Co-Chairs  Hon. Irimiya Jerry Werr

Commissioner for Special Duties, Inter-Governmental Affairs & NGOs      Dr. John Jinung Co-Leader, Plateau State Civil Societies Forum

2  Fiscal Transparency Working Group Co-Chairs Hon. Sylvester Wallangko Commissioner for Budget & Economic Planning  Ms. Yop Rwang Pam Reboot Design (Development Partners)

3   Gender Working Group Co-Chairs Mr. Haggai Gutap Director-General, Plateau State Micro-Finance Dev Agency Mrs. Jessica Bankat Country Women Association of Nigeria (COWAN)

4    Peace and Security Working Group Co-Chairs          Mr. Joseph Lengman Director-General, Plateau State Peace Building Agency       Mr. Mugu Zaka Bako Plateau Peace Practitioners Network

5   Citizens Participation Working Group Co-Chairs      Mr. David Dasser Director-General, Plateau State Information & Communication Technology Development Agency Mr. Manji Wilson European Centre for Electoral Support

6   Open Contracting Working Group Co-Chairs            Mr. Peter Dogo Yilkangha Director-General, Plateau State Bureau for Public Procurement Prof. (Mrs) Patricia Lar University of Jos

7  Point of Contact Persons (POC)  Engr. David Jaafaru Wuyep Chief Technical Advisor – PMRDO, Cmrd. Peter Gad Shamaki Co-Leader, Plateau State Civil Societies Forum

The Terms of Reference of the Committee are as follows:

  1. Drive the co-creation of the State OGP Action Plan 2021 – 2023;
  2. Set up and manage Technical Working Groups for the Thematic Areas identified by the State;
  3. Monitor the implementation of the Action Plan by the State Government for the fulfilment of the commitments made therein;
  4. Engage with the OGP International Team for Independent Review Mechanism
  5. Engage with the OGP National Office whenever necessary; and
  6. Carry out any other assignment directed to it for the promotion of the values of the OGP in the State

Dr. Makut Simon Macham

Director of Press & Public Affairs to the Governor of Plateau State.

6th February 2021

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