CALL TO ACTION
Improving transparency and accountability in the public service through Assets Declaration
We Aim To ensure that stakeholders on Assets Declaration sign up to the public declaration
The Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) is supporting three strategic partners; Integrity Organisation, SERAP and CENSOJ to strengthen the capacity of the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) in the delivery of its mandate to establish and maintain a high standard of public morality in the conduct of government business and to ensure that the actions and behavior of public officers conform to the highest standards of public morality and accountability. OSIWA aims to achieve this goal through its objective of promoting and supporting open societies, inclusive democratic governance based on transparent and accountable institutions, active citizenry and economic advancement.
The three projects aimed to deliver on the following:
- Strengthening Assets Declaration systems for public officials to improve transparency and accountability in Nigeria: the project is being implemented by Socio-Economic Right and Accountability Project (SERAP). Through litigation, SERAP seeks to ensure compliance on what the law says should be done and disclosure of assets declaration forms to the public.
- Reforming Nigeria’s Assets Declaration Framework: the project is being implemented by Centre for Social Justice Limited Gte. (CSJ). Through collaboration with the National Assembly, CSJ seeks to review the Code of Conduct Bureau Act to ensure public access to assets declaration. CSJ is also closing gaps on the asset declaration forms, creating more awareness on asset declaration and advocating for more funds for CCB
- Strengthening Assets Declaration Compliance and Assets Verification in Nigeria: the project being implemented by Integrity Organisation seeks to demonstrate how trends and trend analyses could be used to interrogate assets declaration forms by building a prototype system for CCB to adopt. Integrity Organisation Ltd serves as a shadow coordinating platform for the three projects.
Creating more awareness and to improve on transparency and accountability in the public service through Assets Declaration
A crucial unifying goal for the three projects – seeks to humanize the impact of corruption through new forms of storytelling by using the lens of the arts/creative arts to describe the damages done at all levels of society. Public servants appear able to live well beyond their means in the face of public apathy. The projects through the use of storytelling, aim to raise critical consciousness of Nigerians to respond to this crisis stemming from an absence of consequence for the bulk of public servants. The content generated by processes and outputs of the partners need to develop more traction with the people through strategic storytelling.
Anti-Corruption Institutions, Civil Society, Development Partners, Government, Media, Citizens