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The people’s portal

Feb 2020-Oct 2020

Summary

This project aims to support the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs (MNDA) to ensure the effective coordination and monitoring of development initiatives in the Niger Delta.

The strategic implementation work plan (SIWP) brings together projects planned for the Niger Delta by key government Ministries, Departments and Agencies. With the necessary buy in, the SIWP will be updated with the progress of funded project activities, aiding transparency and accountability. This project will work with the MNDA to update an online tool previously developed by SDN to aid the implementation of the SIWP.

Aims

To support the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs (MNDA) to ensure the effective coordination and monitoring of development initiatives in the Niger Delta.

To improve inter-governmental coordination and monitoring of activities, and aid transparency and accountability with project spending and delivery.

Key activities

  • Update of the SIWP online portal
  • Relaunch of the SIWP online portal
  • Embed and publicise the SIWP online portal

Context

The resumption of insecurity and militancy in the Niger Delta region led to the summit between the Federal Government and Pan-Niger Delta Development Forum (PANDEF, a regional body representing the Niger Delta) in November 2016 to discuss a way forward in the development of the region. This led to the development of the Strategic Implementation Work Plan (SIWP) – a tool for joint coordination of investments and development interventions in the region to ensure maximum efficiency and impact. However, two years after the conception of SIWP, it is yet to be fully approved and ratified by the Federal Executive Council (FEC). Concerns have also been raised across the region on the level of inclusivity and representation of community-specific needs in projects captured under the current version of SIWP.

The SIWP portal could reinforce a common vision, joint work planning process, and accountability framework that will guide efforts towards development of the region. It will also provide the basis for a comprehensive budgeting process that reflects the development priorities of the Niger Delta states and communities. The government is also considering options to cut down the nation’s capital expenditure and reprioritise expenditure in the face of the recent slump in oil prices. In this context a renewed effort is needed to reduce duplication of projects, and aid transparency and accountability with project spending and delivery.

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Published: 20.05.2020