In a bid to ensure transparency and accountability by government ministries, agencies and department, Nigerians have been charged to take full advantage of the different data platforms provided by government and civil society organizations.
The charge was made by the founder of DATAPHYTE, Mr Joshua Olufemi while featuring on a radio program, PUBLIC CONSCIENCE produced by the Progressive Impact Organization for Community Development, PRIMORG.
Accompanied by Paul Adeyeye, a Research Analyst at DATAPHYTE, Mr Olufemi said their aim is to provide data for civil society organisation, activists, journalists, and others to do their work better.
It will be recalled that the Federal Government launched
Transparency Policy and Open Treasury Portal, as well as Nigeria Open Contracting Portal (NOCOPO).
According to Mr Olufemi the two portals were designed to foster accountability in MDAs, explaining that while Open Treasury portal provides payment information, NOCOPO portal takes care of Procurement information.
Highlighting some of the importance of using data in Nigeria’s war against corruption, Mr Paul Adeyeye said that data is very essential for government planning; promote transparency and anti-corruption fight; and help citizens to be aware of government projects and programmes.
Similarly, a co-anchor of the programme and the Executive Director of PRIMORG, Mr Okhiria Agbonsuremi stressed the need for citizen’s involvement in monitoring government platforms where spendings and procurements are published from the comfort of their homes and raising questions when necessary.
“As citizens, if we do not participate in governance, then we let the government and civil servants run the show and whatever we get is what we have,” Agbonsuremi noted.
The production of PUBLIC CONSCIENCE by PRIMORG is supported by the MacArthur Foundation.