Center for Fiscal Transparency & Integrity Watch (CeFTIW) in partnership with the Bureau of Public Service Reforms (BPSR) has developed three intervention instruments to diminish corruption in Nigeria.
This is as the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, highlighted various laws, institutions and policies put forward by the federal government to stymie corruption.
It was learnt this at the occasion of the presentation of Transparency and Integrity Index Assessment 2022, Unveiling of Probes Monitor Portal, and Public Service Diary Application held in Abuja on Tuesday.
BoT Chairman, Center for Fiscal Transparency and Integrity Watch’s, Amb. Angela Nworgu, revealed that the projects were initiated to enhance good governance by making public institutions as transparent as possible.
“Today, we are gathered to present three of our other interventions aimed at promoting transparency in the public sector.
“Firstly, the Transparency and Integrity Index (TII) is one of the Center’s flagship projects supported by the Macarthur Foundation.
“Hence, the TII was developed to enhance good governance by making public institutions as transparent as possible.
“The Center has sustained its advocacy by promoting the principle behind the project, and the need for MDAs to proactively publish information on their websites as a means of preventing corruption and enhancing transparency
“Equally, the Center, in response to the emerging undesirable monetization of the nation’s elections, has through its Electoral Financing Project, developed a portal to track election spending. We hope to, through this database on election spending, promote fiscal transparency in the political parties and candidates’ sources of funding ahead of the 2023 general elections.
“Secondly, today’s program will see the presentation of the Public Service Diaries platform developed in partnership with the BPSR.
“The PSD project leverages technology to create a platform for knowledge sharing between retired public servants and existing public officers
“We are physically presenting our Probes Monitor Portal. The PMP was developed in view of the Center’s concerns, first and foremost, about the abuse of constitutional processes in which probe panels are constituted and either abandoned halfway or their recommendations are not implemented, a situation which continuously weakens our democratic processes”, he stated.
On his part, the Director General, Bureau of Public Service Reforms(BPSR), Mr Dasuki Arabi assured that the government will be upscaling its efforts towards entrenching transparency and integrity in the public sector.
“The clamour for a transparent and accountable government ever more than before became a burning issue to the people, leading to the emergence of the wave of activism into public funds and accountability. Transparency and accountability are critical for ensuring that resources are well managed for the benefit of all.
“Similarly, the government has stepped-up measures to strengthen areas of weaknesses in reporting and external audit scrutiny in Public Financial Management through the introduction of the Open Treasury Portal, for full disclosure of FGN’s payments, and improved transparency, governance, service delivery and accountability.
“Other interventions include, streamlining processes and improving internal efficiency with technology -GIFMIS, BIMMS and other solution dashboards, deployed for monitoring”, he stated.