BEVERLY HILLS, JULY 29, (THEWILL) – Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN, has revealed that President Muhammadu Buhari has been invited to speak at the 5th anniversary event of the Open Government Partnership at the United Nations General Assembly on September 20, 2016.
Malami disclosed this at the stakeholders meeting on the implementation of the outcome of the London summit on anti-corruption and the Open Government Partnership in Abuja adding that the President would deliver a speech at the event against the backdrop of the nation’s enlistment as a member country of the partnership.
“The Ogp Secretariat has also extended their support to the government of Nigeria and has invited His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari to speak at the 5th Anniversary event at the United Nations General Assembly on September 20, 2016,” the AGF said.
“This is an exciting moment for Nigeria as we seek to put back our country on the spotlight by engaging with the public and the society on transparent, accountable and participatory governance.
“The foregoing establishes the fact that Nigeria has always appreciated the importance of Open Government as a means of ensuring transparency and accountability in the conduct of government business.
“It is the current administration’s position that commitment to the promotion of Open Government in Nigeria would resonate strongly with the message of change that the new administration represent.”
Malami also told the gathering that the Federal Government of Nigeria’s effort to curb corruption received a boost as it received confirmation as the latest participating member nation of the Open Government Partnership (OGP).
He revealed that the letter confirming Nigeria’s membership has finally been received through the OGP Secretariat and signed by its Chief Executive Officer, Ms. Sanjay Pradhan.
He expressed satisfaction at efforts made by the government to develop sustainable anti-corruption policies declaring that one of the key priorities of the administration is the need to recover stolen funds and pay back to the Nigerian society what they have lost to corruption.
Story by David Oputah