Nwadishi, Apampa, Others Nominated To OGP-Nigeria NSC 111

By Stephanie Odiase

The Open Government Partnership (OGP) Nigeria has announced the names of new members nominated to its third National Steering Committee (NSC III).

They include Faith Nwadishi, Executive Director, Centre for Transparency Advocacy, Tijah Bolton-Akpan, Executive Director, Policy Alert, Tijani Abdulkareem, Executive Director, Socio-Economic Development & Research Centre, Olarenwaju Suraju, Executive Director, HEDA Resource Centre and Oke Epia, Executive Director, OrderPaper.

According to a statement from the OGP, others include Yakubu Maikyau, National Chairman of Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) and Soji Apampa of The Integrity Organisation. The OGP explained that the selection of the new members came after over a month process to fill vacant positions in the OGP NSC 111.

Extractive360 reports that the new members will be joining Obialunanma Nnaobi-Ayodele of Meluibe Foundation, Eze Onyekpere of Centre for Social Justice, and Dr Tayo Aduloju, COO of Nigeria Economic Summit Group (NESG) who are returning members of the Committee.

Reacting to her selection, Nwadishi expressed readiness to work with other great Ambassadors to bring their wealth of experience in ensuring protection of the interest of women and other otherwise, excluded groups at the governance and leadership level as well as the implementation of the third OGP National Action Plan (NAPIII) in Nigeria.

Also reacting, Bolton-Akpan said: “I am especially thrilled and humbled at this call to service, especially at this momentous period when critical reform initiatives at all levels are happening at the same time with serious threats to civic space. Moving forward despite these challenges will require innovation, courage, and a commitment to continuous learning and I excitedly look forward to working with my colleagues on the Committee to up the ante on the quality of engagement on urgent reforms that can make a real difference in the lives of citizens.”

The OGP is a global initiative that promotes transparency, citizen participation, and accountability in government. Nigeria joined the OGP in July 2016 as the 70th member country. The NSC, drawn from a number of government and non-state actors, is responsible for formulating policies, overseeing the OGP’s operations, and providing guidance and direction to its members.




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