About OrderPaper Nigeria

OrderPaper Nigeria is the country’s premier, preeminent policy think-tank and multi-platform legislative interface.

OrderPaper Nigeria is a duly registered media dedicated to reporting, tracking, analyzing and archiving activities of the legislature in the digital age while providing authentic and independently-driven linkages between citizens and representatives in parliament

OrderPaper Nigeria is founded on a vision to bridge the gap between people and parliament and is driven by a mission to be the most authoritative organization of choice and reference for parliamentary reporting, legislative analysis and public policy advisory in Nigeria.

OrderPaper Nigeria designs educative and interactive programmes and activities which are implemented both online and offline to provide for inclusion and citizen participation in the democratic process. It convened the Gallery Colloquium on September 26, 2016 at the prestigious Abuja Sheraton Hotel and Towers with the theme, ‘Reforming the Budgetary Process for Accelerated National Development.’

The event, which served as the formal unveiling of OrderPaper Nigeria, recorded high profile attendance and participation, including Speaker of the 8th House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara; Deputy President of the 8th Senate, Sen. Ike Ekweremadu; Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State; Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters, Sen. Ita Enang; Senators and Members of the House of Representatives, as well as Chief Executives and top officials of Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), and members of the Diplomatic and Development Community. The Gallery Colloquium and its outcome was robustly reported by the media, including leading national dailies like ThisDay, Guardian, Punch, Vanguard, and Nation newspapers, BusinessDay, and several online media like Premium Times.

Towards fulfilling our gap-bridging role, we created the OrderPaper Citizen Community of Practice (OCCP) to (i) explore co-creation opportunities in furtherance of parliamentary reporting and education; and (ii) activate the agency of responsible citizenship to promote accountability from legislators. The OCCP offers attractive membership opportunities for citizens to have a say in our service delivery, and how that enables them to demand accountability from representatives in parliament. 

OrderPaper Nigeria is a member of the Leaks platform and the Coalition for Whistle Blower Protection and Press Freedom, alongside other renowned media and civil society organizations in Nigeria. The Coalition is on the fore-front of pushing for a legislative framework for whistle-blowing whilst providing a uniquely secure and independent platform for the anti-corruption war in the country. Our reportage and civil society advocacy, both geared towards legislative accountability, have exposed our journalists and staff to targeting and reprisals by politicians, security agencies and other powerful interests.

On the advocacy front, OrderPaper Nigeria has designed and implements two (2) Transparency, Accountability and Good Governance technology (TAGG-Tech) tools. These are ConsTrack and RemTrack.

ConsTrack was designed to trigger and promote increased and informed citizens’ participation as well as appropriate interfaces with elected representatives regarding the choice and implementation of Constituency Projects across Nigeria. The overall objective is to engender inclusiveness, transparency and accountability in the Constituency Projects scheme. ConsTrack was initially a year-long project implemented with support from USAID’s Strengthening Advocacy and Civic Engagement (SACE) Programme. The highlight of this funded-project was the development and deployment of the ConsTrack mobile application available for download on the iOS and Android app stores. The ConsTrack project was the winning entry of the inaugural Global Technology for Development (Tech4Devt) Contest organized by Chemonics International. The project beat 38 other entries from across the world to emerge the winner in the New Innovation category.

RemTrack is a TAGG-tech intervention in the extractive sector which primarily empowers stakeholders and citizens to effectively track progress in the implementation of recommendations of audit reports of the Nigeria Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative (NEITI). RemTrack is essentially a mobile application built for smart phones and other mobile devices to provide education and citizen participation in the extractive sector of Nigeria. It was designed and deployed in collaboration with the Civil Society Steering Committee (CSSC) of NEITI with support from the Facility for Oil Sector Transparency (FOSTER II) Project of the British Department for International Development (DFID). RemTrack is a global innovation, being the first of its kind to be deployed in any EITI-member country.

OrderPaper Nigeria is a key non-state actor in the implementation of the National Action Plan of the Open Government Partnership (OGP) in Nigeria; and has at various times, convened the Development Dialogue Series (DDS), the Host Community Colloquiums, and several other fora for policy conversations and citizen engagement with the legislature.

OrderPaper Nigeria is run by a team of experienced, dedicated and consummate journalists, data analysts, legislative analysts and public policy experts led by its founder and executive director, Oke Epia. The organization has at various times been acknowledged and commended by leaders and members of the National Assembly of Nigeria, top officials of the executive arm of government and other opinion leaders. We are firmly committed to deepening democratic growth and development in the country.

 

Contact OrderPaper Nigeria:

Office Address: Suite C12, Halima Plaza, Plot 1496 Balanga Street, Area 11, Garki, Abuja

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