The commitments are:


FISCAL TRANSPARENCY

COMMITMENT 1: OPEN BUDGET

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): Udoma Udo Udoma [Hon. Minister]; Mrs Zainab Ahmed [Hon. Minister of State]; Ben Akabueze [Director General Budget Office] The Ministry of Budget and National Planning with the Budget Office increased work on the implementation of this commitment. They have sustained engagement with citizens and President Buhari presented the 2018 budget proposal to the National Assembly on November 7, 2017; the earliest budget presentation to the National Assembly in 5 years.  The details of implementation of specific activities are as follows:

Milestone 1: Conduct annual citizens’ satisfaction survey

Lead MDAs: BudgIT

Start-Finish Date: October 2017 to October 2019

Status: PENDING

Last Updated: June 2018

Other Details:

  • Discussion on-going with the non-state actors on how to undertake the survey. The Budget Office of the Federation requested BudgIT and other CSO partners to commission the survey.
  • BudgIT and other CSO partners in consultation with MBNP and Budget Office of the Federation.
  • BudgIT agreed to liaise with other CSOs and the Budget Office to commission this survey.

Milestone 2: Mobilize CSO and citizen participation in budget hearing

Lead MDAs: Budget Office of the Federation; Ministry of Budget and National Planning

Start-Finish Date: July 2017 to June 2019

Status: UNDERWAY

Last Updated: June 2018

Other Details:

  • The Budget Office hosted 2 town hall meetings in Lagos and Abuja to discuss the 2018 Pre-budget statements. Following the presentation of the 2018 budget, the Budget office unveiled the budget breakdown to the media and CSOs to explain the reason behind the numbers.
  • The Budget Office held a CSO and Media Roundtable to explain issues in the 2018 budget proposal. There were 142 state actors (MDA representatives) and 171 non-state actors in attendance.
  • The NASS Public Hearing on 2018 Budget proposal held on Tuesday 27th March 2018

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

Lead MDAs: Budget Office of the Federation; Ministry of Budget and National Planning

Start-Finish Date: April 2017 to April 2018

Status: UNDERWAY

Last Updated: June 2018

Other Details:


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

Lead MDAs: Budget Office of the Federation; Ministry of Budget and National Planning

Start-Finish Date: January 2017 to December 2018

Status: COMPLETED

Last Updated: June 2018

Other Details:


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.

Lead MDAs: Budget Office of the Federation; Ministry of Budget and National Planning

Start-Finish Date: April 2017 to April 2018

Status: COMPLETED

Last Updated: June 2018

Other Details:

  • The input from the last public consultation was reflected at the MTEF. It has been submitted to and approved by the National Assembly.

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

Lead MDAs: Budget Office of the Federation; Ministry of Budget and National Planning

Start-Finish Date: January 2017 to February 2018

Status: UNDERWAY

Last Updated: June 2018

Other Details:

  • The budget proposal published on the MBNP and Budget office website contains breakdown of budget of MDAs.

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

Lead MDAs:

Start-Finish Date: January 2017 to March 2018

Status: UNDERWAY

Last Updated: June 2018

Other Details:

  • The Economic Recovery Growth Plan covers the needs assessment and it is used as a basis for budget preparation.
  • The OGP Civil Society will review the needs assessment


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

Start-Finish Date: January 2017 to June 2019

Status: PENDING

Last Updated: June 2018

Other Details:


Milestone 9: Adopt simple technology- based feedback mechanism for projects at community level for project monitoring by government and CSOs

Lead MDAs:

Start-Finish Date: February 2017 to June 2019

Status: COMPLETED

Last Updated: June 2018

Other Details:

  • This was completed in 2017 and the iMonitor platform is operational at .
  • The Budget Office is working with donor partners and CSOs to continue to improve the platform.

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] The Bureau of Public Procurement began the process of reviving the Nigeria Procurement Portal (NOCOPO) with a user experience and requirement gathering meeting with the Procurement Working Group, Private Sector companies, Procurement Officers in the pilot MDAs and supported by the Open Contracting Partnership (OCP). The improved NOCOPO platform will be launched before the end of next quarter and pilot programme using live data will begin with the 8 pilot MDAs. BPP is in the process of drafting administrative guidelines and rules to be issued to stakeholders as consultation is on-going on the draft guideline. To sustain public engagement in the procurement process, PPDC recently launched a toll free line for the public to report procurement and project implementation related issues in their community for escalation to the relevant MDAs and BPP. The details of implementation of specific activities are as follows:

Milestone 10: Increase sensitization of citizens on how to engage at every stage of the procurement cycle.

Lead MDAs: BPP, PPDC, Procurement Working Group

Start-Finish Date: January 2017 to June 2019

Status: UNDERWAY

Last Updated: June 2018

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 11:Establish Open Contracting portal with feedback mechanism that is populated with procurement data and available online.

Lead MDAs: BPP

Start-Finish Date: January 2017 to June 2019

Status: UNDERWAY

Last Updated: June 2018

Other Details:

  • BPP held pilot MDAs workshop on NOCOPO on 21stFebruary 2018 in preparation for the upgrade and deployment for use by MDAs. It was anticipated that the MDAs would start publishing data on the NOCOPO platform data. There were 16 participants at the training.
  • On 22ndFebruary 2018, a CSO action planning and user need workshop was held for the upgrade of NOCOPO to collate feedback and requirements from stakeholders on the upcoming upgrade of NOCOPO. There were 33 MDAs and CSOs representatives in attendance. At the end of the meeting a six-month work plan was developed for the procurement Monitoring Working Group across the 6 geo-political zones.

Milestone 12: Establish open contracting forum comprising of government, Civil Society and Private Sector to ensure sustained engagement and improved procurement processes.

Lead MDAs: BPP, PPDC, Procurement Working Group

Start-Finish Date: January 2017 to June 2019

Status: COMPLETED

Last Updated: June 2018

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 13: Establish and properly constitute the National Procurement Council.

Lead MDAs: Presidency, SGF, BPP

Start-Finish Date: January 2017 to JUNE 2019

Status: UNDERWAY

Last Updated: June 2018

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 14: Establish administrative directive and guidelines and ethical codes mandating application of open contracting system for public contracts.

Lead MDAs: BPP, PPDC, Procurement Working Group

Start-Finish Date: January 2017 to June 2019

Status: COMPLETED

Last Updated: June 2018

Other Details:

  • BPP reports that this is being worked on while PPDC commits to drafting and sharing with stakeholders for their input if BPP wishes.
  • BPP has developed the framework for the guidelines but is working on the timeline for when to disclose certain information. When the guideline becomes operational, a feasible timeline for activities will be set for the guidelines

Milestone 15: BPP to compile and manage a publicly available databank on public sector procurement that is both human and machine-readable

Lead MDAs: BPP

Start-Finish Date: January 2017 to June 2019

Status: UNDERWAY

Last Updated: June 2018

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.

Milestone 16: Clear administrative rules and guidelines issued by the highest level of government mandating open contracting in priority MDAs/sectors and setting timelines for compliance.

Lead MDAs: BPP

Start-Finish Date: January 2017 to June 2019

Status: UNDERWAY

Last Updated: June 2018

Other Details:

  • BPP organised a two-day sensitization workshop 2nd –3rd February 2018 on implementing Open Procurement and attendant responsibilities for Permanent Secretaries who are the most senior civil servant in all the MDAs in Nigeria. There were 80 participants in attendance. BPP is currently developing the guidelines.
  • About 700 CEOs of Federal Government Agencies, Parastatals, Commissions & Department were trained on OGP & Open Contracting and NOCOPO at the Procurement Retreat held on 7th April 2018.

COMMITMENT 3: EXTRACTIVE TRANSPARENCY

Work together with all stakeholders to enhance transparency in the extractive sector through a concrete set of disclosures related to payments by companies and receipts by governments on all transactions across the sector’s value chain.

 Lead MDA: Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI)

Responsible person(s): Dr. Orji Ogbonnaya Orji [Director, Communications] NEITI published and submitted the 2015 Oil and Gas Audit report to the Auditor General and National Assembly as part of effort to improve remediation activities expected from this commitment. The DPR continues to publish crude export figures and the next set of data is slated for publication in May/June 2018. Efforts continued toward establishment of the Beneficial Ownership Register especially in the oil and gas sector with CAC at an advanced stage with the bill to repeal and re-enact the Companies and Allied Matters Act (CAMA). CSOs like CISLAC published a research on existing legal framework for Beneficial Ownership and a Beneficial Ownership factsheet. DPR have successfully reviewed the procedure guide on custody transfer. While the CSOs are currently disseminating the 2015 NEITI Oil and Gas Report and have hosted 3 Town Hall meetings in 3 states in Niger Delta region. The details of implementation of specific activities are as follows:

Milestone 17: Disclose oil, gas and mining contracts in the area of exploration and production, exports and off taking and swaps on a publicly accessible portal in both human and machine readable formats

Start-Finish Date: January 2017 to June 2019

Status: PENDING

Last Updated: June 2018

Other Details:

  • Awaiting update from Ministry of Petroleum Resources, DPR, NNPC and NEITI

Milestone 18: Quarterly disclosure by NNPC, its subsidiaries and PPMC of sale level data on oil and gas sales

Lead MDAs: DPR, NNPC and NEITI

Start-Finish Date: January 2017 to June 2019

Status: OVERDUE

Last Updated: June 2018

Other Details:


Milestone 19: Develop Beneficial Ownership Register for companies that hold exploration, production and export licences and publish publicly accessible formats that are human and machine readable

Lead MDAs: NEITI, CAC, FMOJ

Start-Finish Date: January 2017 to June 2019

Status: COMPLETED

Last Updated: June 2018

Other Details:


Milestone 20: Get all extractive companies to adopt Global Memorandum of Understanding as an approach to the CSR programme

Lead MDAs: FMPR / DPR

Start-Finish Date: January 2017 to JUNE 2019

Status: UNDERWAY

Last Updated: June 2018

Other Details:

  • The Global MOU has not been adopted but consultations have commenced on adopting it
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Milestone 21: Mandate all relevant players in government and private sectors to develop, disseminate and annually report on individual plans (including timelines) for treatment (clearing) of remediation plans (from the NEITI audits)

Lead MDAs: NEITI, PWYP, CISLAC

Start-Finish Date: January 2017 to June 2019

Status: UNDERWAY

Last Updated: June 2018

Other Details:

  • CISLAC informed that they disseminate the annual report on a regular basis and sometimes do it as town hall meetings. Last year they disseminated extensively across 3 states in the Niger Delta region
  • PWYP commissioned a research on the report with respect to gap analysis on remedial issues which agencies are expected to respond to. The researcher identified the remedial issues and convened a meeting with relevant stakeholders on recovered entities.
  • The next step is to convene a round table on recovered entities to address identified remedial challenges as well as proffer solutions on closing the gaps.

Milestone 22: All key stakeholders responsible for remedial actions hold annual open briefing sessions for sector stakeholders and interested public (including CSOs)

Lead MDAs: NEITI

Start-Finish Date: January 2017 to June 2019

Status: UNDERWAY

Last Updated: June 2018

Other Details:

  • This is currently being implemented, an annual briefing session on Remedial Action. The Working Group has held two stakeholder’s meetings on remedial issues.

COMMITMENT 3: TAX TRANSPARENCY

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 / Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS)

Responsible person(s): Mrs. Kemi Adeosun/ Zainab Ahmed [Honourable Minister of Finance]; Babatunde Fowler [Executive Chairman FIRS] The FIRS signed the necessary instruments pursuant to Addis Tax Initiative; including two Common Reporting Standard Agreement- Common Reporting Standard Multilateral Competent Agreement and Multilateral Competent Agreement on Country-by-Country Reporting. Both agreements means Nigeria joins the automatic exchange of information with other countries which will fully begin in 2019. On March 13, 2018, FIRS set up a committee to work out sensitization of financial institutions on the implementation of the Common Reporting Standard while another committee will handle sensitisation of other corporate institutions. The Federal Executive Council (FEC) approved the Country-by-Country Reporting regulation which is awaiting gazetting by the Minister of Justice. Another regulation has been drafted by FIRS on Automatic Exchange of Financial Account Information and will be sent to the Finance Minister for Approval. Both regulations contain penalties for non-compliance. The details of implementation of specific activities are as follows:

Milestone 23: Signing and formal commitment to Common Reporting Standard and Addis Tax Initiative.

Start-Finish Date: January 2017 to June 2019

Status: COMPLETED

Last Updated: June 2018

Other Details:

  • Common Reporting Standard Agreement has been signed -Common Reporting Standard Multilateral Competent Agreement on the 17th of August 2017. Other relevant agreements -Multilateral Competent Agreement on Country-by-Country Reporting was signed last year as well. These agreements are pursuant to Addis Tax initiative
  • This means there is now automatic exchange of information. The full implementation of the automatic exchange of information will fully begin in 2019 as the infrastructure is being put in place. A review of confidentiality and data safeguard process is on-going. OECD will make an onsite visit to confirm status in August 2018.
  • FIRS also signed unto the TADAT (Tax Admin Diagnostic Assessment Tool. IMF developed TADAT as a compliment to the Addis Tax Initiative. The TADAT is aimed to assist FIRS in assessing the extent of the efficiency of the tax administration at the federal and state levels as well as determine the efficiency of the transparency of tax assessments.
  • The TADAT/IMF team trained FIRS officials in 2017. The assessment team is using Kano and Lagos states as pilots and are currently on a tour in Kano to get evidence of the work done by Kano.
  • The TADAT program is working with states to know how much they are generating in revenue. Nigeria will be scored by the IMF using the Performance Outcome Areas (POA) indicators.
  • FIRS REPORTED the following as the progress made in revenue generation:2017 projection- N4.9 TRILLION Actual Received in 2017 –4.2 trillion 2018 projection –6.7trillion
  • VAIDs anticipated income by end of March, 2018 -$1billion USD (This is an anticipated revenue that will form part of the 2018 revenue)

Milestone 24: Sensitization of corporate organizations on the content and requirements of Common Reporting Standard.

Start-Finish Date: January 2017 to June 2019

Status: UNDERWAY

Last Updated: June 2018

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

Start-Finish Date: January 2017 to June 2019

Status: UNDERWAY

Last Updated: June 2018

Other Details:


Milestone 26: Review and enforcement of penalties for non-compliance to standards.

Lead MDAs: FMPR / DPR

Start-Finish Date: January 2017 to JUNE 2019

Status: UNDERWAY

Last Updated: June 2018

Other Details:

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

COMMITMENT 5: EASE OF DOING BUSINESS

To improve the ease of doing business and Nigeria’s ranking on the World Bank Doing Business Index.

 Lead MDA: Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council (“PEBEC”), under the Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment

Responsible person(s): Jumoke Oduwole [Senior Special Assistant to the President of Nigeria on Industry, Trade and Investment] The latest World Bank Ease of Doing Business Index showed that Nigeria moved up 24 points, exceeding the target of 20 points set in the National Action Plan. This improvement boosted investors’ confidence in the reform of government as being executed by the Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council and Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment. There is on-going pilot in Lagos and Kano to reduce the number and improve the procedure for obtaining land titles in both states. Also, PEBEC is currently working with 10 MDAs offering business process related services to improve coordination and collaboration; some of the efforts are easily noticeable in the reduced number agencies operating at the airports. PEBEC continues to receive, review and implement feedback from business process users to improve experience through www.pebec.report On business registration, CAC successfully reduced the process to 24 hours and is now working to ensure that businesses can now be registered in 2 hours before the end of 2018. The cost of registration has been reduced as well. The implementation of the new laws related to credit information is being implemented and it is expected that all financial institutions will be able to share and access information before the end of 2018. The details of implementation of specific activities are as follows:

Milestone 27: Move Nigeria up by at least 20 points on the World Bank Ease of Doing Business Index.

Lead MDAs:PEBEC, FMITI, NESG

Start-Finish Date: January 2017 to June 2019

Status: UNDERWAY

Last Updated: June 2018

Other Details:


Milestone 28: Make process of Land documentation / obtaining titles easier.

Lead MDAs:PEBEC, FMITI, State Governments

Start-Finish Date: January 2017 to June 2019

Status: UNDERWAY

Last Updated: June 2018

Other Details:

  • This is on-going with pilot programs that have already commenced in Lagos and Kano states as the biggest commercial hubs in Nigeria Currently Lagos state has introduced an e-planning portal to reduce the number of procedure in obtaining titles.
  • The states have also removed the infrastructure development charge for building warehouses.

Milestone 29: Improved coordination and collaboration between agencies of government involved in business process related services.

Lead MDAs:PEBEC

Start-Finish Date: January 2017 to June 2019

Status: UNDERWAY

Last Updated: June 2018

Other Details:

  • PEBEC is currently working with 10 ministries as pilots. PEBEC has 10 ministers on the Council and they hold meetings once every month.
  • There is also a portal (www.pebec.report) for monitoring and evaluation as well as getting feedbacks from citizens. The portal is piloting currently with 9 MDAs.

Milestone 30: Downward review of business registration and licensing fees.

Lead MDAs: PEBEC, CAC, FMITI

Start-Finish Date: January 2017 to JUNE 2019

Status: UNDERWAY

Last Updated: June 2018

Other Details:

  • This is still work in progress through the National Investment Promotion Council (NIPC) and the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC). CAC has reduced registration time to 48hours and plans to reduce it further to 2hours in 2018.
  • CAC reduced the amount for registration of business with 1 million shares to N23, 500.

Milestone 31: Improve critical infrastructure, including power transmission and distribution by establishing more power transmission and distribution stations, rail lines, inland waterways, etc.

Lead MDAs: FMITI, PEBEC

Start-Finish Date: January 2017 to JUNE 2019

Status: UNDERWAY

Last Updated: June 2018

Other Details:

  • The Federal Ministry of Trade and Investment as the coordinating agency for this milestone reported that efforts are on-going to collate status reports from the following agencies according to their responsibilities; Ministry of Power, works and Housing (Transmission and Distribution of power), Ministry of Transport ( Railway lines), Ministry of Water Resources (inland waterways)

Milestone 32: Establish a registry of credit information to be accessible by financial institutions.

Lead MDAs: PEBEC, FMITI, Finance, CBN

Start-Finish Date: January 2017 to JUNE 2019

Status: UNDERWAY

Last Updated: June 2018

Other Details:

  • Two Laws were passed in April 2017 to assist in the establishment of credit registers. The laws will enhance the confidence of investors and financial institutions in undertaking transactions in Nigeria. It will also improve transparency.
  • The Laws are (1) Secured Transactions in Moveable Assets Law 2017and (2) Trading Reporting Act 2017
  • So far only financial institutions are using the credit registers. It is anticipated that 300 hundred financial mortgage banks will come on board in 2018.

Milestone 33: Enact laws that allow lenders to access borrowers’ data in the credit bureau or credit registry.

Lead MDAs: National Assembly, PEBEC, CBN

Start-Finish Date: January 2017 to JUNE 2019

Status: COMPLETED

Last Updated: June 2018

Other Details:

  • Two laws as stated above were passed. The Credit registry is available and commercial banks have started accessing it.

Milestone 34: Develop Road map for improving sectorial value chains for MSMEs.

Lead MDAs: National Assembly, PEBEC, CBN

Start-Finish Date: January 2017 to JUNE 2019

Status: COMPLETED

Last Updated: June 2018

Other Details:

  • The Federal ministry of Trade and Investment developed roadmaps to improve sectorial value chains for MSMEs. This includes increasing vocational and entrepreneurial skills acquisition and lower unemployment by 2% every year such that by 2020 the national unemployment rate currently at 13.9% would have increased by 8% as well as improving enterprise funding. To achieve this, the Bank of Industry has;
  • Disbursed 10 categories of its loans to SMEs
  • Developed and rolled out product programmes for 28 SME clusters from 44 identified clusters (16 had earlier been rolled-out)
  • Financed 1.6 million beneficiaries through Government Economic empowermentprogramme.
  • Signed on at least 48 Business development service providers
  • Facilitate access to 50,000 machines/ equipment to MSMEs through the zonal intervention programme
  • Develop MSME national policy document to create enabling business for MSMEs in Nigeria

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