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Govt to increase transparency with Citizens’ Accountability Reports

Ololade Omosan-Agie

The Federal government of Nigeria has partnered with the Open Government Partnership, and the World Bank to strengthen the transparency and accountability of government through the use of Citizens’ Accountability Reports.

This was made known by the representative of the National Coordinator, OGP Nigeria, Dr Anne Nzeogwu, at the South-East National Workshop on Citizens Accountability Report held on Wednesday.

According to her, this would help to achieve increased openness and citizens’ engagement in the budget process’, increase fiscal transparency and accountability, strengthen domestic revenue mobilization, increase efficiency in public expenditure and strengthen debt sustainability.

The State Fiscal Accountability and Transparency and Sustainability programme is an incentivised programme aimed at supporting the implementation of the Fiscal Sustainability Plan and the OGP at the subnational level.

The programme has four key result areas, for which the OGP Secretariat is providing technical assistance to states to increase openness and citizens’ engagement in the budget process.

This is expected to ensure that there is trust between the citizens and the government.

The State Fiscal Accountability and Transparency and Sustainability programme is supported by the World Bank. Through it a loan of $750m was given to the Federal Government effective in the year 2018. These grants are now awarded to the states

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