Nigeria Open Contracting Portal (NOCOPO)

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Corruption is endemic in Nigeria and Africa in general and has become an anathema to development. The award-winning Nigeria Open Contracting Portal is a solution developed to curb the menace of corruption, achieve transparency and openness as well as facilitate citizen engagement.

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As at 2016, Nigeria is ranked 31st from the bottom in the Transparency International Corruption Perception Index. In 2012, Nigeria was estimated to have lost about $400 billion to corruption. According to the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Crimes Commission (ICPC), 60% of corruption cases in Nigeria are procurement related. In a recent report by the Economist, it was indicated that an investigation revealed that about $15 billion was estimated to have been diverted by the previous regime through dodgy arms procurement.
It is with these devastating statistics in mind that the Nigeria Open Contracting Portal was conceptualized. The portal publishes procurement records and information on all stages of the procurement process, from planning through advertisement, tendering and award. Through the portal, Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) submit their procurement plans and records to include information such as project title, cost, name of vendor, procurement method, project location, and implementation status. The two crucial features on the portal are the contract administration and citizen feedback. Contract administration has always been a major challenge in Nigeria as we have a lot of prevalent cases of abandoned projects scattered all over the country which were caused by several factors principally due to lack of proper project monitoring and evaluation. With the Nigeria Open Contracting Portal, we aim at reducing significantly the cases of abandoned projects through proper record management and project monitoring. The other aspect is citizen engagement which is also very important. Through the Nigeria Open Contracting Portal, citizens can be able to track projects in their localities and monitor implementation. They can access the portal and view details about contracts and projects including the cost, name of vendor and status. They can also report and give feedback directly on the quality of delivery and whether the project was not even delivered as claimed by the vendor.

The portal aims at making procurement data and records open and accessible to all citizens. Procurement information from more that 700 Ministries, Departments and Agencies will be made available in the portal. The information include name of the contractor, contract amount, scope of work, duration and location of the project. The portal conforms with global Open Contracting Data Standards (OCDS) and has a feature for citizen engagement and feedback mechanism whereby citizens can report project performance. The OCDS mandates, for example, that all contracts have unique ID by which they can be identified and tracked.
The portal was developed in a co-creation process together with Civil Society Organizations. Their input was critical as they have closer tie with the citizens. The portal is also part of Nigeria's commitment in the National Action Plan for the open Government Partnership (OGP) of which Nigeria is a member.
So far, a Federal Government Circular has been issued mandating all government MDAs to use the portal and the portal is already being populated with data. We are now working on data analysis to establish trends in government spending, impact of projects on communities and how government can do things differently based on the feedback available.
The benefits of the portal are numerous to all stakeholders ranging from government, civil society organizations, private sector and more importantly the citizens. The government becomes more transparent, civil society become more effective in project monitoring, the private sector has access to more information for research and the citizens have more information to engage government.
The Nigeria Open Contracting Portal won a global innovation award in 2017 organized by the Open Contracting Partnership and Open Data Institute.

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Year: 2017
Level of government: National/Federal government

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