Kaduna Govt partners CSOs on inclusive solutions to problems

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THE Kaduna State Government says it is working with Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) to build inclusive solutions to societal problems.

Mr Muhammad Abdullahi, the state Commissioner for Planning and Budget, said this at the ongoing three-day activity to commemorate the Open Government Partnership (OGP) global summit in Kaduna on Friday.

Abdullahi said that the government had established and promoted platforms that would enable citizens to participate in its decision-making.

”Some of the platforms are the Eyes and Ears Citizens Feedback Application; Toll-Free Line; Gani Ya Kori Ji, a Hausa radio program; social media handles and letter writing,” the commissioner said.

He said that the state was being celebrated globally as a champion of citizens' engagement with the Eyes and Ears, a citizen’s engagement digital application platform to monitor government projects.

“This showcases at this year’s summit as one of the big stories of governments doing things differently through innovation.

“We also successfully organized engagements on Community Development Charters, budget town hall meetings, and public hearings.

“Other notable steps taken by the state government to protect and enhance civic space include opening budgeting and procurement processes for citizens to engage,” he said.

The commissioner further said there was also the co-creation of commitments that enhances and strengthens civic space and allows citizens to express themselves freely.

He noted that OGP provided a platform for citizens to organize themselves into groups for a common purpose to make their voices heard.

According to him, this is by encouraging citizens to define, shape and monitor government policies, projects and programs.

“Effort to strengthen civic freedom, democratic accountability, access to information and all the other structures that allow citizens to participate freely in public life, has been at the heart of OGP.

“I am glad to also observe that for the past couple of weeks, civil society partners in the state have carried out a series of activities aimed at creating awareness on the OGP and mobilizing citizens for effective engagement.

“This is highly commendable as I believe it will go a long way to facilitate the implementation of our commitments in the 2021-2023 OGP Action Plan,” he said.

Abdullahi further said that the OGP global summit provided opportunities for partners to exchange experiences, best practices and progress on open government initiatives and implementation.

He said that the 2021 summit, hosted by the Republic of Korea was the seventh to be organized since OGP was launched in 2011.

“This year’s summit has three themes; namely, strengthening civic space and public participation, tackling corruption and promoting inclusive digital innovation.

“Kaduna state is focusing on ‘strengthening civic space and public participation, which is vital to achieving OGP’s goals of a citizen-centered democracy,” he said.

Meanwhile, Gov. Nasir El-Rufai has reiterated his administration’s commitment to strengthen civic space and public participation in governance. (NAN) 

- Dec. 17, 2021 @ 12:57 GMT |


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