Representatives of the Open Government Partnership (OGP), a multilateral initiative that aims to secure concrete commitments from governments to promote transparency, empower citizens, fight corruption, and harness new technologies to strengthen governance, recently visited the Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP) in Abuja to assess the Bureau’s inputs to the implementation of the initiative.

BPP is taking the lead on Open Contracting Partnership within the framework of the Partnership to which Nigeria signed in 2016.

The OGP team consist of Edetaen Ojo, executive director of the Lagos-based Media Rights Agenda (co-chair for Nigeria, representing civil society) and a delegation from the OGP Secretariat in Washington, DC comprising Carey Kluhz, Theophilous Chiviru, Maureen Karivki and Mukenu Dimba. Nneka Eze of the OGP Nigeria Secretariat also attended the meeting.

The BPP team, led by Director General, Mamman Ahmadu, included Babatunde Kuye (Director, Energy Infrastructure); Engr. Eze J. Obasi (Director, Special Procurement); Engr. Ishaq Yahaya (Director, Compliance, Certification and Monitoring); Mr. Sule Ningi Habu (Deputy Director, Finance and Management Services); Mr. Aliyu E. Aliyu, head of Regulations and Database: Engr. Nasir Bello (Head, Civil Infrastructure); Mr. Adebowale Adedokun (Head, Research, Training and Strategic Planning); Mr. Segun Imohiosen (Asst. Director, Public Relations & Protocol Unit); Mr. Thomas Odemwingie (Media Consultant); Mr. Timothy Njara Muje (Legal Unit); Mr. Mamman Munsur (Regulation and Database Department); and Mr. Godwin Yanshak (Regulation and Database Department).

Aliyu E. Aliyu of the Bureau’s Regulations and Database Development and Sina Mokuolu, who is in charge of the e-Government Procurement Unit of the Bureau, took turns to report on the Bureau’s achievements and challenges in leading 8 pilot agencies of the Federal Government in the implementation of open data.

Early this year in London, the Bureau won the Government Innovation Award for a pioneering project to ensure openness in government business transactions. The project involved collaboration with civil society and business to use open data sources make information about the country’s public procurement system more accessible, transparent and accountable to the public.