Ending Corruption, FG, ANEEJ, Others Meet In Abuja #OsazuwaAkonedo
Africa Network for Environment and Economic Justice, ANEEJ has organised a road show in Abuja to demand end to poverty and corruption in Nigeria.
The road show held last week was part of activities to launch the Nigerian Open Contracting Portal, NOCOPO designed to streghten governance system and boost transperancy in public procurement process in Nigeria.
The launching have in atteandance; journalists representing several media organizatioons, Civil Society Organizations, Federal Government delegation led by Honourable Minister of State for Budget and National Planning, Mr. Clem Agba.
According to the Minister, all states should support the social protection iniatives, adding it is a way of Civil Societies, complementing and suspporting government efforts in the fight against poverty.
Executive Director of Africa Network for Environment and Economic Justice, Reverend David Ugolor in his welcome address said the NOCOPO project focuses on corruption prevention.
The welcome address is presented thus:
WELCOME ADDRESS BY ANEEJ EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, REV DAVID UGOLOR AT THE OFFICIAL RELEASE OF NOCOPO COMPLIANCE RANKING REPORT BY ANEEJ ON 24TH MARCH 2021 IN ABUJA
It is with great honour and pleasure that I welcome you all to the official Launch of NOCOPO Compliance Ranking Report done by the Africa Network for Environment and Economic Justice, ANEEJ as part of the implementation of her civil society advocacy to support anti-corruption and rule of law in Nigeria, CASARN project.
The CASARN project is part of the implementation of the rule of law and anti-corruption, ROLAC Programme, funded by the European Union and implemented by the British Council.
The goal of the CASARN project is to enhance governance in Nigeria by contributing to the fight against corruption, strengthen rule of law and the protection of human rights by reinforcing prevention mechanisms and enhancing civil society and public engagement.
The project is dear to our heart as it is a bold effort from Civil Society to support Government anti-corruption initiative especially as it focuses on corruption prevention.
ANEEJ through the implementation of CASARN has ranked the performance of Ministries, Departments and Agencies on the Nigeria Open Contracting Portal (NOCOPO).
Following the adoption and implementation of open contracting as part of commitments under the Open Government Partnership (O.G.P) framework by the Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP), it became imperative for stakeholders especially the non-state actors within the O.G.P framework to support the implementation of such commitment and data publication.
As a global standard that uses unique identifiers to report and publish contracting information across the contracting value chain (from planning to implementation), the open contracting data standard (O.C.D.S) ensures that analytics can easily detect red flags in the contracting spectrum with a view to promoting transparency, accountability, wider public participation and value for money in public expenditure.
With the effort made by the Bureau of Public Procurement (B.P.P) in implementing open contracting data standard (O.C.D.S), a complementary ranking has been created to assess the level of compliance and quality of data published by M.D.As on the NOCOPO portal.
This will help the Bureau of Public Procurement and other O.G.P stakeholders to identify gaps in the implementation and how best to address such gaps and improve on the compliance levels of public institutions, especially as Nigeria has commence the implementation of the second National Action Plan.
Thus, the Nigeria Open Contracting Portal (NOCOPO) Ranking is a further step to improving Nigeria’s open contracting commitment under the O.G.P through an assessment of Ministries Departments and Agencies’s (M.D.As) compliance with the Secretary-General of the Federation’s (S.G.F’S) circulars issued in 2018 on the implementation of open contracting at the federal level through an algorithm-based Ranking.
A total of 113 Ministries Departments and Agencies (M.D.As) were assessed or evaluated out of the over 173 M.D.As on the Open Data Segment of the Nigerian Open Contracting Portal (NOCOPO) as at the time of the evaluation.
The Ranking was designed to cover 2018 procurement records and 2019 procurement Plan and only evaluated data published on the NOCOPO platform by MDAs.
The ranking provided in-depth insights on how well M.D.As have complied as evident in the number of projects, quality of data provided across all stages of contracting.
These data are needed for contract monitoring, feedback and measuring impact of service delivery.
The ranking also provided a clue on the quality of datasets published across stages in the contracting value chain showing how compliant the MDAs have been to the circulars issued by the S.G.F in 2018.
The ranking is the first of its kind in Nigeria and we hope that CSOs working on procurement reform will take advantage of this foundation to conduct subsequent rankings for 2019 procurement records and beyond.
The highlight of today’s event is to present a symbolic award to the first four M.D.As that complied substantially with the use of NOCOPO by sharing relevant procurement data across the five stages of public procurement.
This is to incentivise the MDAs that came out tops on the ranking and to as well encourage others to follow suit to ensure a transparent and an accountable procurement processes in Nigeria.
We appreciate the support from ROLAC team who have made it possible for ANEEJ to receive this funding.
We particularly thank the European Union and British Council for funding ANEEJ work. I am delighted that you are able to attend this historic event.