Kogi Launches App on Open Governance 

Kogi State Government in North Central Nigeria has unveiled the Kogi Open Governance and Accountability System (KOGAS) and the Kogi Digital Album.

KOGAS is a Digital System platform specifically designed to strengthen interactions and relationships between the government and the citizens.

Governor of the State Yahaya Bello at the unveiling ceremony at Government House, Lokoja said with the new development, the citizens have more guaranteed access to their leaders.

Governor Bello who was represented at the occasion by the Deputy Governor, Edward Onoja added that  there is a standing directive for all queries to be attended to in less than 24hours
“A responsible Government must be as open and transparent as possible to the citizens.

This is only possible when functionaries at all levels are tasked with heightened responsiveness to citizens in the conduct of all official business.

As I see it, all of us in this Administration must be open to endless scrutiny by those we serve.

In fact, we must require it as a key performance indicator in our service compact.

“Opacity and cult-like secrecy is how skeletons get into cupboards in the governance process.

I have expressly warned my cabinet members and all other employees of the Kogi State Government to avoid it like the plague.

“When we migrated to the Treasury Single Account (TSA) some heads of MDAs failed to implement with the alacrity and transparency implicit in my directives and they were shown the way out of the system.

Till today, every appearance of non-transparency is haram and anathema in this Government.

You are a public servant not the high priestess of a secret society or the capo of a cult.

Shadowiness in official business is liable to get you sacked, prosecuted or both.

“What we intend to achieve with KOGAS is to enlist the public more intimately in the policing of government and her accoutrements.

In essence, we are giving our people the tools they need to play the active role of watchdogs of our officials, ministries, departments and agencies.

“The Kogi State Ministry of Information and Communications will deploy KOGAS for round-the-clock live interactions and feedback to and from the public per the standard operating procedures.

The ministry will put every part of Government on the platform.

It may help those who may want to resist this Change to know that KOGAS will also be monitored in real time from my Office through my Chief of Staff via bi-weekly compliance analysis and status reports put together by our Research and Development Unit known as the New Direction Blueprint Team.

“Kogi Open Governance and Accountability System is therefore a digital synergy between the leaders and the led for the purposes of good governance.

We will be stationing a rotation of cabinet members and other high-ranking government officials on the KOGAS platform for real time interaction between the Government and the citizens.

They will take suggestions and complaints and ensure that appropriate action is taken.

Where my personal attention is needed, or that of any specific official, they will escalate immediately.

Typically, by my directive, all matters must be answered within 24 hours, or at least initiated where the request calls for a more complex approach.

“Beyond the accountability aspects of KOGAS, it will also create a platform for citizens’ engagement and mobilisation, both for governance excellence and for community service.

Options will be available from time to time for citizens to form themselves into volunteer groups to render public services to themselves and in this way bridge noticeable gaps in community engagement.

This is one of our initiatives at ensuring that we build a population of responsible citizens who are patriotic about Nigeria and passionate about the development of our dear State.

“Apart from the Kogi Open Governance and Accountability System, the Kogi State Digital Album and the Confluence Business Directory are also being unveiled today.

The Digital Album will be a repository of images with pictures of government activities, programs and projects to tell our stories.

The Directory will be a yellow pages for finding businesses operating in Kogi State and enhancing their reach.

He commended the Ministry of Information and Communications for delivering the digital tools that will enhance governance in the state.

The Commissioner for Information and Communications, Hon.

Kingsley Fanwo while giving his speech during the unveiling said the system was made available by Governor Bello’s interest to make the people active participant in governance.

He added that the Governor believes that power belongs to the people.

Fanwo further stressed that with KOGAS, citizens can ask questions from various government Ministries, Agencies and Departments on all issues as regards the growth of the State.

The Consultant, Mr.

Wole Aguda while giving an overview of the KOGAS platform and the Kogi Digital Album said it is one that give room to participatory governance by all and gives the opportunity to have reel of history for government officials and plans for the future.

It also gives room for the people to access the documentation of government history, documentation of customs and traditions of different tribes and ethnic groups within the State.

The Consultant who expressed how proud he is to be a Kogite, added that the Government of Alhaji Yahaya Bello has shown that it is indeed the government of the people.

In his lecture Dr.

Ayodele John Alonge described the platform as a kind of Wikipedia where you can go to access all kind of information.

He added that one doesn’t have to be in Kogi State before he/she can know what is happening there.

Kogi Launches App on Open Governance 

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