By Our Reporter
Governor Samuel Ortom has restated the continued collaboration of his administration with the Open Government Partnership, OGP, to sustain good governance.
He spoke today at the New Banquet Hall of the Benue Peoples House Makurdi during a courtesy call on him by the Chairman, Civil Society Steering Committee of the OGP, Barrister Rommy Mom.
The Governor stated that good governance, transparency and public inclusiveness remain the cardinal points of his administration, expressing willingness to embrace the policy.
Govenor Ortom recommended that the policy be institutionalised to encourage transparency and accountability which would translate to good governance.
Barrister Mom had earlier acknowledged the efforts of the Governor and his administration in taking proactive measures to prevent COVID-19 from escalating in the state.
He said the OGP is an international multi-stakeholder global coalition of reformers from government and civil society, working to make government transparent, accountable and participatory, to truly serve and empower citizens.
He stated that Benue State Government was already carrying out several projects and actions ranging from budgets in partnership with citizens groups, stressing however that it would be easier to coordinate if such were housed under the OPG as being done by donors and other national programmes.
While appealing to the Benue State Government to create its steering committee and subsequently apply to the OPG national secretariat to join the OPG, Mr. Mom said the civil society would cooperate to make the move come to fruition.