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Dear friends,
 

The month of September presented a unique opportunity to assess issues of fiscal transparency as we celebrated the International Rights to Know Day. In this month’s issue, we have lots of exciting stories to share so sit  and take in the gist. 

It’s a commitment from us to ensure the government serves citizens in a way that is accountable and transparent with the end result of improved service delivery.
Government and Citizens Talk Fiscal Transparency

 

On the 23rd of September, all roads led to Transcorp Hilton Abuja for PPDC’s National Dialogue which was the first of its kind. The dialogue centred on fiscal transparency and accountability mechanisms in Nigeria.

The major highlight of the dialogue was the launch of research gathered from a study undertaken in four states; Akwa Ibom, Anambra, Ekiti, and Kaduna.

PPDC commissioned the study to acquire a better understanding of present levels of fiscal transparency as well as lessons learned from implementation that will inform future engagements and advocacy in other states. 

Furthermore, the research provided concrete recommendations for increasing Fiscal Transparency processes across the country, based on lessons learned from implementation. 

Find link to report here 
National FOI Ranking in Retrospect

A total of  213 institutions were ranked based on their level of disclosure, transparency, and compliance to the Freedom of Information Act 2011 on the 28th of September 2021. The event also commemorated the International Rights to Know Day.

The Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission (NIPC) led the pack this year with 68.5 points, the Bureau of Public Service Reforms (BPSR) came 2nd with 60.5 points and National Orientation Agency (NOA) was 3rd with a total of 51 points.

The aim of the ranking was to entrench accountability and transparency in public institutions by ensuring Ministries, Departments, and Agencies (MDAs) liberate data and citizens have timely and unrestricted access to public information.

This year’s National FOI ranking was organized by a coalition of six civil society organizations; PPDC, BudgIT, Basic Rights Watch, International Centre for Investigative Reporting (ICIR), Right to Know, and Media Rights Agenda (MRA).

Click here to see how other MDA’s rank.

Maiden Subnational Ranking in Akwa Ibom

The maiden edition of the subnational ranking was held in Uyo, Akwa Ibom state the same day as the National ranking. 

The top ranked organisation was the Bureau of Public Procurement with 28 points and the Akwa Ibom Healthcare Development Agency and Budget Office came in second place with 4 points each.

Peer Learning Dinner with Implementers

Following the successful hosting of the National Dialogue, we held a Peer Learning Dinner afterwards. The event was an opportunity to learn, share experiences on the government transparency practices across Nigeria.

It was enlightening as experiences were shared on Nigeria's fiscal transparency processes with a mix of entertainment

We are wholly committed to our advocacy for good governance and will pass the message by any means possible. On the entertainment side of the proceedings we had a spoken word artist and a cultural group to thrill the audience and preach the message of good governance.

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That’s all for now. Thanks for reading.

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Talk to you soon..
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