By Our Reporters
Selected journalists in Calabar and other states have been trained on how to promote Open Government Partnership, OGP in Nigeria.
The two day training facilitated by the African Center for Leadership, Strategy and Development, and sponsored by MacArthur Foundation focused on reporting issues around the implementation of OGP process by state governments in the country.
The Open Government Partnership (OGP) is a multilateral initiative that aims to secure concrete commitments from national and sub-national governments to promote open government, empower citizens, fight corruption, and harness new technologies to strengthen public governance around the world.
Centre LSD, a major stakeholder in the OGP process, has been at the forefront of training journalists, Civil Society Organizations and government on best practice in implementing the Open Government Partnership on Nigeria.
Executive Director of Centre LSD, Mr. Monday Osasah, said the objective of the training was to build capacity among journalists to enable them create and raise awareness amongst the citizens and build support for the Open Government Partnership (OGP) at all levels.
Resource person, Mr. Edetaen OJo, taught the journalists basic engagement tool and media campaign strategy in engaging government and other stakeholders in the OGP process.
Speaking separately, some of the journalists expressed delight over the training and called on state governments that are yet to sign on the OGP, to do so, as it is a sure quarantee towards a free and transparent public governance.