The  Minister of State, Budget and National Planning, Prince Clement Agba

Federal Government has extended the second National Action Plan to August 2022, to enhance its implementation with better results on the country’s economy.

The  Minister of State, Budget and National Planning, Prince Clement Agba, stated this in Abuja, during second quarter meeting of the plan thematic working group.

Prince Agba explained that the implementation of the second NAP which would end in 2021,  was extended by one year due to COVID-19 pandemic that slowed down the implementation process.

He said government had deliberated and decided to extend it by one year during the international steering committee meeting.

Speaking, the National Coordinator of the Open Government Partnership Dr Anne Nzegwu, said the second NAP had 16 commitments in seven thematic areas and several of them had not been fully achieved.

She listed the thematic areas to include Fiscal Transparency, Extractive Transparency, Anti-corruption, Access to Information, Citizens Engagement, Inclusion, Diversity and Service Delivery.

“ We are here today to strengthen the implementation of the second NAP for better and reaching progress with its implementation beyond the outcome of the implementation of the first NAP as reported by Independent Reporting Mechanism (IRM).”

“ I believe that with the extension of the implementation cycle of the second NAP to August 2022. Seeing that we have a year to the deadline, we will hit the ground running.

“ The goal is to gain better results towards the assessment of the second NAP by the IRM,” she said.

The coordinator also said they had developed monitoring and evaluation framework which was circulated to thematic Co-Chairs to aid in tracking and measuring activities in the action plan, among other strategies.