The commitments are:


FISCAL TRANSPARENCY NAP 2

COMMITMENT 1: OPEN BUDGET AND AUDIT

Ensure more effective citizens’ participation across the entire budget cycle

Lead MDA: Federal Ministry of Budget and National Planning / Budget Office of the Federation

Responsible person(s): Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning This commitment will ensure that citizens participate and make inputs into the budget process, starting with the pre-budget statement (Call Circular, MTEF, MTSS etc.), executive budget proposal, budget debate through public hearings in the legislature, implementation, monitoring, reporting and auditing of the budget. It will also guarantee that budget information is made accessible to all. The details of implementation of specific activities are as follows:

Milestone 1: Conduct annual citizens’ satisfaction survey

Lead MDAs: BudgIT

Start-Finish Date: October 2019 to June 2021

Status: 

Last Updated: October 2019


Milestone 2: Mobilize CSO and citizen participation in budget hearing

Start-Finish Date: Nov 2019 to June 2020

Status:

Last Updated: October 2019


Milestone 3: Publish timely all key budget documents to facilitate citizens’ participation according to the Fiscal Responsibility Act.

Start-Finish Date: Oct 2019 to June 2021

Status:

Last Updated: October 2019


Milestone 4: Annually publish a comprehensive citizen’s guide to the budget.

Start-Finish Date: Oct 2019 to June 2021

Status:

Last Updated: October 2019


Milestone 5: The Ministry of Budget and National Planning will hold two public forums to get citizens’ input into the pre-budget statements using the draft MTSS and MTEF document as tools and background documents in these forums.

Start-Finish Date: October 2019 to July 2020

Status:

Last Updated: October 2019


Milestone 6: Publish MDA budgets and quarterly and annual budget implementation reports on their websites in both human and machine-readable formats.

Start-Finish Date: October 2019 to June 2021

Status:

Last Updated: October 2019


Milestone 7: Conduct Needs Assessment whose Reports would accompany budgets in selected sectors including Health, Education etc.

Start-Finish Date: October 2019 to September 2020

Status:

Last Updated: October 2019


Milestone 8: Advocate for public hearings organized by the National Assembly on the budget

Start-Finish Date: October 2019 to October 2019

Status:

Last Updated: October 2019


Milestone 10: To carry out multi-stakeholder engagement on the actualization of a definite budget calendar – the lack of observing a clear financial year affects citizens’ participation in the budgeting process and indeed creates a knock-on effect on all other stages of the budget.

Start-Finish Date: October 2019 to February 2020

Status:

Last Updated: October 2019


Milestone 11: Adopt simple technology- based feedback mechanism for projects at community level for project monitoring by government and CSOs

Start-Finish Date: October 2019 to June 2021

Status:

Last Updated: October 2019


Milestone 12: Conduct citizen participatory audit on government programs/projects implemented in selected sectors including Health, Education, Water, Sanitation and Social Investments etc.

Start-Finish Date: October 2019 to May 2021

Status:

Last Updated: October 2019


Milestone 13: Advocate for timely publishing of audit recommendations by the National Assembly

Start-Finish Date: October 2019 to May 2021

Status:

Last Updated: October 2019


Milestone 14: Advocate for timely implementation of audit recommendations by Executive agencies

Start-Finish Date: October 2019 to May 2021

Status:

Last Updated: October 2019


COMMITMENT 2: OPEN PROCUREMENT

Full implementation of Open Contracting and adoption of Open Contracting Data Standards in the public sector.

Lead MDA: Bureau of Public Procurement

Responsible person(s): Mamman Ahmadu, FNIQS [The Director General] To improve accountability and transparency of public procurement processes; promote wider stakeholder participation and better service delivery through the implementation of OCDS. The Bureau of Public Procurement in line with the government commitment at the 2016 London anti-corruption summit deployed the first Nigerian Open Contracting Portal (NOCOPO). The open contracting portal seeks to address issues around opacity, corruption, resource wastage and improve the quality of services delivered to Nigerians through wider stakeholder participation in the procurement spectrum. This will ultimately improve transparency and accountability of fiscal governance; better infrastructure and service delivery and public trust in governance. The second phase of the NAP will prioritize timely data publication and availability, quality and use of published data by different categories of stakeholders for optimal results.  This commitment will ensure inclusion of relevant actors such as Women and Youth groups, Private sector stakeholders and State-Based Organizations to access, use and report on the impacts of published data. The details of implementation of specific activities are as follows:

Milestone 15: Capacity building for all MDAs for the use of NOPOCO. Capacity building for CSOs and private sector on the use of NOPOCO

Lead MDAs: BPP, PPDC, Procurement Working Group

Start-Finish Date: October 2019 to August 2021

Status: UNDERWAY

Last Updated: October 2019

Other Details:

  • PPDC continued to host the Budeshi Radio program to sensitize the public on procurement related issues in Nigeria. PPDC is in the process of recruiting community-based monitors to track and report on the state of public procurement in their communities.
  • Over 40 Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) working on accountability and transparency on Access to Information and Open Contracting Data Standards were trained in June 2017. This training resulted in the inauguration of the Procurement monitoring working group (PMWG) that was targeted towards strengthening monitoring and reporting on public finance expenditure by citizens at all levels. The group interfaces with the Bureau for Public Procurement (BPP) to foresee the implementation of the NOCOPO, ensure its effectiveness, active operation and interoperability with other data banks such as the Beneficial Ownership register being developed by CAC, its sustainability and citizens access it. (BPP & PMWG) It is still an on-going process.
  • PPDC has developed a toll free number for people to call, ask questions and report on contract implementation within their communities. 0800BUDESHI or 08002833744

Milestone 16: Capacity building for sensitization of citizens on how to engage at every stage of the procurement cycle in collaboration with other stakeholders

Start-Finish Date: October 2019 to July 2021

Status: UNDERWAY

Last Updated: October 2019


Milestone 17: Integrate the organized private sector and gender-based organizations into the existing open contracting Forum (PPMWG)

Start-Finish Date: October 2019 to June 2021

Status: COMPLETED

Last Updated: October 2019


Milestone 18: Upgrade of the NOCOPO portal to reflect user feedback, private sector segment, contractual data and analytical tools for better user experience.

Start-Finish Date: October 2019 to June 2021

Status: UNDERWAY

Last Updated: October 2019


Milestone 19: Increase engagement with available data sets through procurement monitoring by groups (CSOs, gender CSOs, private sector, etc.)

Start-Finish Date: October 2019 to June 2021

Status: COMPLETED

Last Updated: October 2019

Other Details:

  • The Procurement Working Group collaborated with Open Contracting Partnership (OCP) and BPP to organise a ‘User Needs and Requirement. Gathering’ workshop for the upgrade of NOCOPO which held on 22ndFebruary 2018. The forum was an opportunity for all stakeholders to contribute to NOCOPO 2.0.

Milestone 20: Conduct an annual NOCOPO ranking in line with SGF’s circular, Public Procurement Act 2007 and BPP’s directive mandating data publication on NOCOPO

Start-Finish Date: October 2019 to June 2021

Status: UNDERWAY

Last Updated: October 2019

Other Details:

  • The constitution of the National Procurement Council has begun and potential members have been contacted by the Secretary of the Government of the Federation.

Milestone 21: Establish sustained integration of the Nigeria open contracting portal with the budgeting system and (e-government platform) EGP

Start-Finish Date: October 2019 to June 2021

Status: UNDERWAY

Last Updated: October 2019

Other Details:


Milestone 22: Inclusion of the requirement of the Beneficial ownership in public procurement

Start-Finish Date: October 2019 to October 2020

Status: UNDERWAY

Last Updated: October 2019

Other Details:

  • The NOCOPO platform that has commenced the pilot phase for the deployment of data with eight (8) MDAs. The full deployment across MDAs will become operational six months after the pilot phase

COMMITMENT 3: REVENUE TRANSPARENCY

Improving the fairness, transparency, efficiency and effectiveness of Nigeria tax and non-tax revenue systems through the adoption of common reporting standards and other key revenue initiatives (TADAT, Addis Tax initiative, Strategic Revenue Growth Initiative and Financial System Strategies 2020). Adopt common reporting standards and the Addis Tax initiative aimed at improving the fairness, transparency, efficiency and effectiveness of the tax system. Lead MDA: Federal Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning Responsible person(s): Mrs. Zainab Ahmed [Honourable Minister of Finance] The commitment seeks to promote increased tax and non-tax revenues by ensuring the prevention of all forms of tax evasion and the reduction of tax avoidance, Illicit financial flows and leakages. This will address the issues of multiple taxation, levies, charges, duties and also make businesses pay their fair share of tax and non-tax dues. It will also create equity such that local businesses are competitive, can create jobs and contribute to economic development. Tax and non-tax avoidance and evasion have resulted in reduction of revenue needed to finance development, which has consequently created an unfavorable environment for local entrepreneurs. This results in the inability of the government to provide sound services for citizens’ welfare and failure of small businesses, thereby increasing poverty. The details of implementation of specific activities are as follows:

Milestone 23:Sensitization of corporate organizations on the content and requirements of Common Reporting Standard.

Start-Finish Date: October 2019 to June 2021

Status: UNDERWAY

Last Updated: October 2019

Other Details:

  • A committee was inaugurated by FIRS on 13th March 2018 and they will work out engagement with financial institutions. Another committee will be set up to handle other corporate institutions.

Milestone 24: Issuance of directives to relevant stakeholders for compliance with Common Reporting Standard.

Start-Finish Date: October 2019 to October 2020

Status: UNDERWAY

Last Updated: October 2019

Other Details:
  • A regulation on Country by Country (CBC) has been prepared by FIRS, approved by Finance Minister and sent to Justice Minister for gazetting.
  • The CBC has been ratified by Federal Executive Council.
  • A regulation has been drafted by FIRS on Automatic Exchange of Financial Account Information and will be sent to the Finance Minister for Approval.
  • The Automatic Exchange of Financial Account Information is about to be sent to the FEC for approval.
  • Note that the two regulation covers common reporting standards (CRS)

Milestone 25: Review and enforcement of penalties for non-compliance to standards.

Start-Finish Date: October 2019 to June 2021

Status: COMPLETED

Last Updated: October 2019

Other Details: 
  • The regulation covers the penalties and directives to stakeholders; and will become effective once the regulations are gazetted

Milestone 26:Closing of legal loopholes across all agencies hindering the revenue generation ecosystem

Start-Finish Date: October 2019 to July 2020

Status: UNDERWAY

Last Updated: October 2019


Milestone 27: Review extant customs and excise laws to bring in line with current global practices - NCS

Start-Finish Date: October 2019 to December 2020

Status: COMPLETED

Last Updated: October 2019

Other Details:


Milestone 28: Obtain the universe of manufacturing companies and ascertain compliance with excise payment – NCS

Start-Finish Date: October 2019 to December 2020

Status:

Last Updated: October 2019


Milestone 29: Review IDEC policies and exemption and  digitalize/automate processes - NCS

Start-Finish Date: October 2019 to December 2020

Status:

Last Updated: October 2019

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