Governor Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano State has inaugurated new Open Government Partnership (OGP) steering committee members.
The event took place on Wednesday at Africa House, Government house, Kano.
The committee comprise of members of the Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), Private, Professional and Government actors.
Hajia Binta Salihu, Permanent Secretary, Council Affairs, Co-Chair (Govt), Salisu Tahir, Secretary/Legal Adviser, Public Complaints and Anti-Corruption Commission, Engr. Muhd. Adamu Permanent Secretary, Due Process Bureau, Amina Yusuf Yargaya, Solicitor General Kano State, Muntari Ado Yakasai, Director Planning, Ministry of Planning and Budget.
Others are Muhd. Inuwa Yakasai, Director, Information Ministry of Information, Fatima Fulani Sarki, Permanent Secretary, Human Resources, office of the Head of Civil Service, Dr. Kabiru Shehu, SA Free & Compulsory Education, Hajiya Amina Musa, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health.
Non-Governmental Partners (CSOs)
Abdulrazak Alkali, Organization for Community Civic Engagement, (Co-chair CSOs), Halima Ben Umar, Women in Media Initiative, Abdulrahman Abdu, Youth Empowerment and Human Development Initiative, Muhammad Yahaya, Adalci Youth Movement Association Hotoro, Umar Saleh Anka, Nigerian Environmental Society, Rabi Yusuf Gezawa, Gender and Disability Inclusion Advocacy Center, Ibrahim Garba Maryam, Gender and Socially Inclusive, Abdulsalam Kani, Kano Civil Society Forum, Hadiza Kishimi, Nigeria Labour Congress.
Abba Danguguwa – Government
Isiyaku Ahmed – CSO
In his speech, the CSO Co-Chair, Abdulrazak Alkali thanked the governor for singing unto the OGP initiative without pressure from the civil society actors.
Alkali said that singular action is a testimony and commitment that the governor wants to run an administration of transparency and accountability in the state,” adding that the responsibility of the civil society steering committee is to work harmoniously with the government actors to make sure that government policies and program are well articulated, packaged and widely published in Kano, nationally and at the global level.
He noted that Anti-corruption is one key component of the OGP and the Kano Public Complaints and Anti-Corruption Commission has fought corruption more than any state anti-corruption agency in the country.
The new Co-chair added that the Kano State Anti-corruption Institute will serve as a learning ground for young people to appreciate living a life free of corruption.
He further stated that OGP in Kano in the last two years has been mobilizing people in the state to appreciate transparency and good governance, conducted a retreat with local government chairmen aimed at replicating the initiative at the grass root level and carried out zonal sensitization workshops at Rano, Bichi and Kano Central.
The CSO Co-chair appreciated governor Ganduje’s support to the Kano OGP and prayed that he extends such support to the steering committee to move the initiative forward.
He then called on the governor to push for the passage of the procurement law which is at the last stage of legislative process.
OGP is a multilateral initiative that aims to secure concrete commitments from national and sub-national governments to promote open government, empower citizens, fight corruption, and harness new technologies to strengthen governance.