UBEC IN COLLABORATION WITH THE MACARTHUR FOUNDATION ORGANIZED NATIONAL DIALOGUE ON OPEN CONTRACTING DATA STANDARD (OCDS)
The MacArthur Foundation is collaborating with the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) to implement a project tagged “On Nigeria Project’’. The Project is targeted at sensitizing the State Universal Basic Education Boards (SUBEB) who are the implementers of UBE Programme. A National Dialogue on Open Contracting Data Standard (OCDS) was held on 18th – 19th of June, 2019 in Kaduna State at Hotel, 17 for the Northern States SUBEB and 20th-21st July, 2019 for the Southern States SUBEB at Eastern Gate Hotel, Lekki Lagos. The meeting had in attendance Head of Procurement, ICT and Physical Planning units/departments from the 36 states and the FCT.
The dialogue was part of measures to ensure accountability and transparency in basic education delivery especially as it relates to contracting processes.
The Executive Secretary, in his welcome remarks at the dialogue, said implementing the OCDS will improve service delivery, reduce wastage as well as tackle corruption in the basic education sub-sector and the public sector at large. He urged participants to use the knowledge acquired to ensure that government investment in the sub-sector reaches more people.
If the OCDS is implemented at the states, it will help to bring government closer to the people and ensure transparency and participation of the general public in the contract award process and will encourage community participation, especially in the development of the basic education sub-sector. The OCDS is an internationally recognized system which makes the process of contracting open through the OCDS platform to the general populace.
At the dialogue, papers were presented by Public and Private Development Centre (PPDC), International Centre for Investigative Reporting (ICIR), Follow the Taxes and Human Development Initiative. Also in attendance were various participants from Non-Governmental Organization (NGO’s) and the media from across the country. The dialogue which started in Kaduna and ended in Lagos lasted for four days.