OrderPaperToday – The COVID-19 pandemic has agreeably impacted adversely on citizen engagement, especially between citizens and representatives in parliament.
This is why the 2nd edition of the OPEN – Online Parliamentary Engagement Nigeria – convened on the topic ‘Paradigms of Citizen Participation in the Pandemic Era and Beyond’.
Featured guests were: Mr. Benjamin Kalu, Official Spokesperson, and Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Media and Public Affairs; Mr. Adebowale Olorunmola, Country Representative of the Westmnister Foundation for Democracy; and Mr. Frank Tietie, Executive Director, Citizens Advocacy for Social and Economic Rights (CASER).
The webinar held on Monday, June 29, 2020 on zoom with support from dotCivics and was moderated by Oke Epia and Titilope Fadare, both of OrderPaper, Nigeria’s premier people-parliament legislative multi-platform interface.
The event arrived at several resolutions, including a call for the National Assembly to amend its standing orders and rules to accommodate innovative ways of citizen engagement in the conduct of legislative business. Download and read the full communique below: