Nigeria’s first National Action Plan was co-created by Government, Civil Society Organisations and Private Sector stakeholders in October 2016 during a National Retreat in Kaduna. The national retreat produced a draft National Action Plan which was then made available to the public for comments and feedback, focus group discussion and to senior government officials, including the Economic Management Team chaired by the Vice President.
The National Action Plan spans into four key thematic areas of fiscal transparency, anti-corruption, access to information, and citizen engagement. The commitments are concrete, ambitious and implementable. Some of the key deliverables are open budgeting, open contracting, revenue transparency, a publication of a register of beneficial ownership especially in the extractive industry among others, improvement in the ease of doing business index, anti-corruption and asset recovery, improvement in the use and implementation of the Freedom of Information Act, citizen’s engagement and empowerment, etc.
The commitments in the National Action Plan were drawn mainly from President Mohammadu Buhari’s country statement during the Anti-Corruption Summit in London in May 2016 and Open Alliance Draft National Action Plan developed in March 2016.
The National action plan has a 2 year implementation timeline starting from January 2019 and ending in 2019. The implementation will be the responsibility of both government and CSOs in a collaborative approach that ensures all partners meet very frequently in the spirit of participation and co-creation.
This platform will allow CSOs report and document their roles in the implementation of OGP Process.