MRA Calls on President Muhammadu Buhari to Secure Nigeria’s Membership of the OGP

Media Rights Agenda (MRA) has called on the Administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, to take urgent steps to ensure Nigeria’s membership of the Open Government Partnership (OGP), an international multi-stakeholder initiative launched in 2011 to improve government transparency, accountability and responsiveness to citizens in participating countries.

Mr. Ojo made the call on August 4, 2015 while tweeting as Guest at a “Tweetmeet” organized by BudgIT.  He argued that Nigeria’s membership of the OGP would bring immense benefits to the Government, the country and help to consolidate the OGP in Africa, which he described as the region of the world where the initiative is most needed.

Mr. Ojo, said “Given the message of ‘change’ that President Buhari campaigned on, it seemed natural that his Government would embrace the OGP,” adding “If there is any multinational platform on transparency and good governance that Nigeria needs to belong to right now, it is OGP.”

Enumerating the benefits of Nigeria’s membership of the initiative, Ojo said Nigeria’s membership of OGP and the openness it will bring will create a more conducive environment for media freedom and development; create more conducive environment for media freedom and development.

Additionally, he said Nigeria can benefit from peer learning and technical assistance opportunities created by OGP Working Groups, meetings and summits; Nigeria’s membership of the OGP will help to promote and entrench dialogue between the Government and civil society; it will facilitate the joint solving of identified problems by the government and civil society; and help to move the government towards a more open and inclusive approach to policy-making.

Ojo noted that many of President Buhari’s campaign promises to reform governance align with the open government agenda that the OGP represents and joining the OGP, with its open government agenda, would help the Buhari Administration itself win the trust of most Nigerians.

Nigeria is currently eligible to join OGP, having scored 12 points out of the maximum 16 points possible and therefore needs to take these decisive steps now to join the OGP and lead Africa’s membership of the multi-stakeholder initiative.

Ojo noted that “It is disappointing that Nigeria is lagging behind countries like Ghana, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Malawi which are already OGP members.”

Other African countries which are members of the OGP are South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania Tunisia and Cape Verde.

By joining the OGP, Ojo said, Nigeria would also be helping to consolidate OGP in Africa, a continent which really needs the initiative. In addition, Nigeria will plug into a global network of policy experts, advocates and technologists that work on similar issues.

The OGP was launched in 2011 to provide an international platform for domestic reformers committed to making their governments more open, accountable, and responsive to citizens.  It has grown from eight to 66 participating countries where government and civil society are working together to develop and implement ambitious open government reforms.

World Printers Forum to Hold in October 2015

The 2015 edition of the World Printers Forum is scheduled to take place in Hamburg, Germany on Wednesday, October 7, 2015.

The Forum is one of three strategy conferences taking place alongside the World Publishing Expo which holds from October 5 to 7, 2015. The Expo and the conference are expected to receive 7,000 visitors and will feature more than 200 exhibitors and 70 speakers.

Hermann Petz, CEO of the Austrian newspaper Tiroler Tageszeitung, will be the keynote speaker at the Forum. Mr Petz who is on a bold mission to put an end to today’s endless bashing of newspapers recently authored a book titled “The newspaper is dead? Long live the newspaper!” on the 70th anniversary of the Tiroler Tageszeitung’s.

Mr Petz will be discussing the power of print when he delivers the keynote address of the World Printers Forum conference in Hamburg.

The conference will feature presentations on new research projects, innovations in the newspaper print business, product development and technology. The Conference will also reflect the work of the World Printers Forum, the print community within World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA).

The World Printers Forum Conference will feature:

— New business models of newspaper printing;

— Innovations in technology and product development;

— Optimizing materials: paper and ink;

— Learning from other industries, lead in innovation and launch new projects.

Confirmed speakers at the World Printers Forum include: Thomas Drensek, (Germany), Beat Lauber, (Switzerland), Kurt Kribitz, (Austria), Matthias Tietz, (Germany), Hugo Jacqmain (Québec, Canada), Krishnendu Bose (India), Nigel Wells, Manfred Werfel, (Austria).

The conference will also provide a platform for experts to debate the future of the printed newspaper and present the top priorities and action plans needed to make print a part of the future of news media. Experts will be seeking to answer the pressing question: “Is print part of the past or part of the future?”

The World Printers Forum is the print community within the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA). It advises WAN-IFRA in all aspects of the printed newspaper. WAN-IFRA is the global organization of the world’s newspapers and news publishers which has offices in Paris, France, and Frankfurt, Germany, with subsidiaries in Singapore and India. It represents many publications, online sites and companies in over 120 countries.