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We have gone into  e-procurement  model in Kaduna state —  Commissioner

We have gone into  e-procurement  model in Kaduna state —  Commissioner

By: Femi Mustapha

Kaduna  State  Commissioner of  Planning and Budget Commission   Umma Aboki has said the state has gone Into the e-procurement model  whereby  contracts are published for the public to see online

She asserted this at the  Ihifix Digital Summit for Development 2022, organised by the Ihifix Innovation Foundation, with support from Arewa Research and Development Project, Ahmadu Bello Memorial Foundation, CALPED, Partnership  to  Engage  Reform and Learn (PERL) Citizens Co-chair – Kaduna OGP commitment on Citizens’ Engagement held in Kaduna yesterday.

According to her  Kaduna has been the first  subnational to sign the Open Government Partnership (OGP) decided to take the steps to ensure Citizen engagement, saying the Eyes and Ears project is also there where  citizens  can hold  the  government accountable for what the state is doing.

” We have strengthened the social protection system in Kaduna state to ensure that our social registers are ready for anyone coming in with an intervention in the state to improve the poverty indices and service delivery in education and health services.

“There are a WhatsApp group where Eyes and Ear volunteers in the 23 local governments can report on projects within their communities, to improve the monitoring process;”

Aboki  commended  the  staff and Management  of Ihifix for organising the summit, noting that the unveiling of their App is a welcome development in Kaduna and another step by citizens to call for accountability and transparency  from the government.

In his remarks the  Point  of  Contact (POC)  OGP in  the Planning and Budget  Commission, Jeremaiah Tera said  the  state commenced the implementation of the Open Governance Partnership, OGP, of the federal government aimed at enhancing transparency, accountability and citizen participation in governance in 2017.

He stressed that the state subscribed to the OGP to principally improve fiscal transparency, anti-corruption, access to information and citizens engagement and empowerment.

According to him, the step will improve the state’s ability to attract foreign investment and enhance access to additional development funds.

Tera disclosed that  the state subscribed to seven of the 14 commitment areas for implementation.

He listed them to include ensuring citizen participation in budget circle, open contracting, adopt a common reporting standard, promote ease of doing business and improve compliance with Freedom of Information Act.

Others are to develop a permanent dialogue mechanism on transparency, accountability, and good governance between citizens and government and adopt technology-based citizens’ feedback on government project and programmes.

The lead of Ihifix Emmanuel Odeh Adikpe  said Digital Summit for Development 2022  with theme “Leveraging Digital Technologies for Sustaining Gains Of The Open Government Partnership (OGP)  will be looking at practical ways governments at all levels and citizens can co-deliver concrete participatory governance reforms and accelerate the delivery of quality public services leveraging digital technologies.

These are reforms, according to him, that seek to make governments more transparent, participatory, inclusive, accountable and responsive.

Adikpe added that Summit organised  by the Ihifix Innovation Foundation,  with  support from Arewa Research and Development Project Ahmadu Bello Memorial Foundation, CALPED, Partnership to Engage Reform and Learn  (PERL)

There is no doubt that an open and more responsive government working collaboratively with active citizens leveraging digital technology has better prospects to deliver sustainable and people-centred development  results.

“The advent of accessible digital technology has led governments’ and development organizations to begin seeking new ways of leveraging digital platforms and tools.

“This is towards increasing citizens’ participation, improving the quality of service delivery and enabling better development outcomes.

“The 2030 agenda for Sustainable Development recognizes that the spread of digital technology has great potential to accelerate human progress, bridge the digital divide and develop knowledge-driven societies. ” he said.

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