On the 29th of September 2020, the Public and Private Development Centre (PPDC) revealed the results of the 2020 Open State Government Ranking.
The ranking aims to encourage states to increase citizens’ participation in governance through publication of government held data and and information.
The Open State Government Ranking assesses state governments who have made strides in providing access to information on their open contracting portals and signed up to the Open Government Partnership (OGP).
Based on these parameters, Kaduna, Ekiti, and Abia state tied for the first position having scored 60 points each. Coming in fourth position are Enugu, Ebonyi, Anambra, and Edo state with 40 points each.
The annual state ranking which began in 2018 serves as a medium to encourage and motivate state governments to jump on the open government bandwagon of active civic participation and engagement. Citizens will barely be able to engage their elected or public officials without data or information about activities and proceedings of in public institutions.
The importance of data driven transparency is indisputable in combating corruption because it thrives in atmospheres of opaqueness and secrecy.
To see how all the states in Nigeria ranked, visit www.procurementmonitor.org/open-state