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Malami claims Nigerian government has become more transparent, accountable

Malami claims Nigerian government has become more accountable, transparent

The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, said on Tuesday technology has helped Nigeria to become more transparent and accountable in governance.

Malami, who disclosed this during the visit of Open Government Partnership (OGP) international support unit to his office in Abuja, said the country has improved in terms of open contracting and tax transparency.

According to him, the government agencies and civil society organisations continue to deploy technology-based interactive platforms to engage citizens and government on various aspects of governance and service delivery.

He said: “In the open budget, the budget office in line with global best practice and open budget survey index developed the citizens’ iMonitor portal which enables citizens across the country to access budget information in real-time and to monitor projects while encouraging proactive feedback to the government.

“The open contracting led to the Bureau of Public Procurement developing the Nigerian Open Contracting Portal which is designed to ensure improved transparency, prevent corruption and enhance active citizens’ participation through increased disclosure of information to stakeholders.

“The Nigeria OGP’s first National Action Plan is made up of 14 commitments around four thematic areas namely – Fiscal Transparency, Anti-Corruption, Access to Information, and Citizen Engagement.

“A lot of progress and achievements were recorded in the implementation of the first NAP. Lessons and learning also took place during the period of implementation.

“Nigeria’s experience with OGP has shown that technology and innovation play great roles in the OGP process which leads to openness and accountability.”

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