The Nigeria OGP multi-stakeholder forum, National Steering Committee (NSC), made up of 42 members was set up with equal membership from government and non-state actors, with a governance arrangement consisting of two substantive Co-Chairs (State and Non-State) and two Incoming Co-Chairs (State and Non-State representatives), reflecting the principle, practice and spirit of co-creation that embodies the Open Government Process. The NSC is made up of representatives of Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) as well as civil society organizations, the organized private sector and professional associations who worked together to co-create this two-year (2017 – 2019) National Action Plan (NAP), with the Ministry of Justice serving as the National Coordinating Secretariat.
The Federal Government appointed the Attorney General of the Federation as the Co-Chair (State representative), and the Federal Ministry of Justice was named by the President as the OGP Coordinating Ministry to implement the commitments and OGP Principles, while the non-state members of the NSC elected the Executive Director of Media Rights Agenda as Co-Chair (Non-State representative). Similarly, the NSC appointed the Minister of State in the Ministry of Budget and National Planning and the Senior Fellow of the Nigeria Economic Summit Group (NESG) as Incoming Co-Chair (State representative) and Incoming Co-Chair (Non-State representative) respectively.
The NAP aims to deepen and mainstream transparency mechanisms and citizens’ engagement in the management of public resources across all sectors. The first NAP had four thematic areas: (1) promoting fiscal transparency; (2) access to information; (3) anti-corruption and asset disclosure; and, (4) citizen engagement and empowerment.
The four main criteria that guided the design and development of the NAP II are:
- The commitment must fall within the remit of OGP.
- Roll-over issues that were not completed in the first NAP but had the potential for transformative change.
- Issues that have been raised nationally and globally as necessary for deepening the OGP principles, such as inclusivity, service delivery and open legislature.
- Issues generated from the national consultative process.
The NAP II, an improvement of the first NAP marks out the expected impact, outcome, milestones and activities which deliver the expected impact. The OGP NAP II is driven by the need to make a measurable positive impact on the ordinary citizens of Nigeria by identifying the issues that restrict effective citizens’ participation in government. The NAP II has seven (7) Thematic Areas:
- Fiscal Transparency
- Extractive Transparency
- Access to Information
- Citizens’ Engagement and Empowerment
- Inclusiveness and Service Delivery.
The NAP II effectively deals with issues of transparency in budgeting, procurement, taxation and natural resource governance, corruption, asset recovery management, freedom of information, communication channels between citizens and government, service delivery and inclusion of under-represented groups in government.
Following the dissolution of the first NSC with the expiration of the NAP I, a second NSC was constituted to provide oversight functions over the implementation of the NAP II. The second NSC is a 20-member committee of equal membership of state actors and non-state actors drawn from CSOs, Organized Private Sector and Trade Unions. The second NSC is led by the Honourable Minister of State for Budget and National Planning as the State Actors Co-chair and the Chief Operations Officer of the Nigeria Economic Summit Group with the Honourable Minister of Sports and Youth Development as the State Actors Incoming Co-chair and the Chief Executive Officer of the Public and Private Development Centre (PPDC).