The Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano, and BudgiT Foundation, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding on open government partnership to promote fiscal transparency, anti-corruption and access to information.
The Principal lead, BudgiT Foundation, Gabriel Okeowo, and the Anambra State Commissioner for Economic Planning, Budget and Development Partners, Mark Okoye, signed for the foundation and the state government, respectively.
Okeowo said the MoU was aimed at promoting fiscal transparency in the state government.
He said the initiative was with the support of the Rule of Law and Anti-corruption Programme of the European Union being implemented by the British Council in five states namely; Adamawa, Anambra, Edo, Kano and Lagos.
He said, “Over the years, BudgIT, through Open Alliance, has been at the forefront of a subnational transparency campaign that encourages and supports states to sign up to the OGP.
“With the step the Anambra State Government has taken, it has become the sixth state in Nigeria to have an approved SAP.
“Anambra is one of the 13 states in Nigeria to sign on to OGP initiative but the eighth state to develop a State Action Plan (SAP).”
Obiano said he was of the firm belief that with citizens taking ownership of these reforms, the government would perform better.