OrderPaper is Nigeria’s premier multi-platform organization dedicated to reporting, tracking and archiving activities of the legislature in the digital age. We are the first, authentic and independently-driven medium of interface between citizens and elected representatives in Parliament; and are firmly committed to deepening democratic growth and development within the country. Founded in September 2015 by Oke Edward Epia, a consummate journalist, public policy and development practitioner, public diplomacy enthusiast and experienced legislative analyst, the mother medium (OrderPaper.ng) is registered with the National Library of Nigeria with the International Standard Serial Number (ISSN) 2536-7463.
OrderPaper Nigeria operates very interactive virtual and actual platforms that provide for citizen interaction and participation in its routine reportage and specially created public engagement projects and programmes. It is in this regard, for instance, that the organization hosts the annual Gallery Colloquium as a signature programme for top policy players across board to cross-fertilize ideas on nagging national issues. The inaugural edition of the Gallery Colloquium held 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, had in attendance high profile participants including Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara; Deputy President of the 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.
An award winning organization of repute, OrderPaper Nigeria is a member of 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.
OrderPaper Nigeria is non-partisan, non-aligned and non-discriminatory; and is founded on and guided by TRUTH, BALANCE, FAIRNESS and the pursuit of EQUITY.
OrderPaper Nigeria is envisioned to bridge the gap between People and Parliament
OrderPaper Nigeria strives to be the most authoritative organization of choice and reference for parliamentary reporting in Nigeria; as well as the one-stop dependable platform of interface between People and Parliament
Our Projects & Programmes
The following are some of the Programmes and Projects by OrderPaper Nigeria:
ConsTrack is a project 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 is a variant of FollowTheFunds (FTF), an initiative to track public finance designed as a fall out of The Gallery Colloquium on Budgetary Reforms held in September 2016. Begun in August, 2017, ConsTrack is a year-long project being implemented with support from USAID’s Strengthening Advocacy and Civic Engagement (SACE) Programme. ConsTrack is the winning entry of the inaugural Global Technology for Development (Tech4Devt) Contest organized by Chemonics Int. The project beat 38 other entries from across the world to emerge the winner in the New Innovation category. The award was presented to the founder of OrderPaper Nigeria, Mr. Oke Epia on September 27, 2017 in Washington DC, USA at a high profile event attended by top executives of Chemonics and senior officials of USAID. Please visit orderpaper.ng/constrack for more information on ConsTrack.
The Gallery Colloquium
The Gallery Colloquium is a signature annual programme of OrderPaper Nigeria that assembles critical stakeholders around topical cross-cutting national issues. It brings together top level players in the Executive and Legislative branches of government to engage with the aim of smoothening rough edges in inter-governmental relations and ultimately providing mutually agreeable solutions to identified challenges of governance. The first edition of the Gallery Colloquium held on 26th September, 2016, at the Ladi Kwali Hall, Sheraton Hotel, FCT, Abuja. It was organized with the specific aim of stirring up conversations on how the budgetary process in Nigeria can be reformed, especially after the budget padding drama which rocked the National Assembly at the time. Visit http://www.orderpaper.ng/reforming-budgetary-process-proceedings-resolutions-the1st-gallery-colloquium/ for more information on the 1st Gallery Colloquium.
NASS Report Card
NASS Report Card is a round-the-clock programme that entails making an independent, verifiable and analytical appraisal of the National Assembly in a manner that provides an empirical basis for gauging the performance of both the legislature as an institution and individual legislators. Work is on-going on a Mid-term Report of the 8th National Assembly and a performance scorecard is expected as a result.
Routine reportage and enlightenment programmes
OrderPaper Nigeria is the first authentic and authoritative legislative-focused reporting portal in Nigeria; we are pioneers with a unique, parliament-centric media approach that provides relevant news as it breaks as well as detailed updates and developments from the National and States Assemblies. With a slant for investigative reporting, OrderPaper.ng presents stories in simple easy-to-read formats that inform, educate and stimulate healthy debates around topical national issues. The aim is to ultimately arouse sufficient consensus that can lead to rebirth or reforms of societal institutions both in the public and private sectors in Nigeria and beyond. Beyond the news, OrderPaper Nigeria provides other platforms and programmes on social media to bridge the gap between citizens and parliament. These include:
- MondayMeme – A programme that breaks down the esoteric language of Parliament for easy understanding by the public. It is served every Monday on Twitter using the handle @orderpaper
- BillsBoard– This programme provides updates and content analysis on Bills in Parliament
- Fact File: This is also a Twitter-run programme that provides rare facts and information on the legislature in Nigeria
- Newsletter Service: On a daily basis, a round-up of parliamentary news is served free of charge to a list-serve of subscribers to keep them updated with events and developments about the legislature. Visit ng to subscribe for this service.
OrderPaper Nigeria has within a short period of time, grown into a trusted brand; a preferred and reliable source for top policy makers, operators, and general consumers of news on the legislature.
Contact OrderPaper Nigeria:
Office Address: Suite C12, Halima Plaza, Plot 1496 Balanga Street, Area 11, Garki, Abuja
You can click on this link to download a PDF of ‘About OrderPaper Nigeria.’