By Muhammad Jalal.
Center for Fiscal Transparency and integrity Watch with support from MacArthur foundation has present 2022 Assessment handbook index in Abuja.
The objective of the methodology of the handbook is to provide a detailed explanation of the scoring criteria for the evaluation and assessment of openness and transparency of public institutions.
In his opening remarks, the Executive Director, Centre for Fiscal Transparency and Integrity watch , Umar Yakubu explained that the objective of the report was to make small open to citizens so that they could get get more accessible information about governance to all federal and state government Ministries , Departments and Agencies (MDAs).
He said that as part of their objectives which is to take measurements towards strengthening transparency and accountability to public institutions in Nigeria.
According to him, the methodology would serve as a comprehensive guide for all MDAs on how to ensure adherence with the relevant guided principles from the bedrock of the research.
He added that guided principles had been adopted internationally such as the United Nations Convention against corruption in 2004 and Open Government Partnership for Africa Union on preventing corruption 2006 as well as combating protocol to the African charter.
He highlighted other guided principles to include human rights on the Rights of women in Africa, the Sustainable Development Goals 10 and 16 Convention on elimination of all froms of discrimination against women and convention on rights of persons with disabilities.
He enumerated the scope of the variables to include fiscal transparency, open procurement, anti corruption, citizens engagement/ responsiveness website integrity and human resources and inclusion.