Nigerian Vice President Oluyemi O. Osinbajo Has officially declared a five-day Open Government Partnership (OGP) Week 2018 event open in Abuja on Monday.
Osinbajo used the occasion of the OGP Week opening to double down on his repeated criticism of the Jonathan era as one that was characterised by wanton looting of public funds and grand corruption.
In contrast, he claimed that the Buhari administration’s efforts at fighting corruption and ensuring good governance in the nation were being applauded worldwide.
Osinbajo spoke on the topic, ‘The impact of Open Government Partnership to Nigeria’s Anti-Corruption Efforts,’
The Vice President said corruption was a threat to Nigeria’s existence and was responsible for the lack of savings in the time of plenty. He also said the very “little investment” in infrastructure and jobs “in spite of record oil revenues between 2011 and 2013/14” were a derivative of corruption. And it was also why despite “the billions of dollars reportedly invested in security, the Boko Haram insurgency did not abate.”
Unperturbed by the recent rebukes coming from the opposition PDP, Osinbajo insisted that “for too long, the resources meant for the majority have been sadly cornered by a greedy minority.”
The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustafa, who was also in attendance used the opportunity to announce the Buhari administration will open a website in the next two weeks that will convey detailed and updated information and data about its achievements and progress in different sectors of the economy.
Mr Mustafa said the new website would be linked to all Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) in an effort to make government activities more open and transparent to Nigerians.
Also, the government is considering a mechanism that would help measure the country’s corruption index to avoid relying on indices from foreign organizations.