Our Track Record:
Although in operation before then, OrderPaper was officially birthed on September 26, 2016 at a high-profile event held at the prestigious Abuja Sheraton Hotel and Towers in Nigeria’s capital. The formal unveiling of the brand was attended by the crème of Nigeria’s political elite, including Speaker of the House of Representatives; Deputy President of the Senate; scores of Senators and Members of the House of Representatives; Governor of Sokoto State; Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters; Chief Executives and top officials of Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs); and members of the Diplomatic and Development Community. The event was lavishly reported by the media, including leading national dailies like ThisDay, Guardian, Punch, Vanguard, and Nation newspapers, BusinessDay, and several online media like Premium Times. Our niche reportage of parliament, public policy advocacy, and unflinching commitment to legislative accountability, have exposed our journalists and staff to targeting and reprisals by politicians, security agencies and other powerful interests.
However, OrderPaper 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 for its pioneering work.
In line with its trail-blazing role, OrderPaper has designed and is implementing the Most Valuable Parliamentarian (MVP) Recognition and Reward framework for outstanding legislators of the National Assembly of Nigeria.
Our Leg’ACEs and OPEN Community:
Towards fulfilling our mandate of bridging the gap between citizens and parliament, we created and maintain Leg’ACEs (Active Citizens Engaging the Legislature) Programme; and the OPEN (OrderPaper Parliamentary Engagement Nigeria) Community to (i) explore co-creation opportunities with stakeholders in furtherance of parliamentary reporting and education; and (ii) activate the agency of responsible citizenship to promote accountability from legislators. Read more about these efforts here:
Our Partnerships and Networks:
OrderPaper is the lead organization and serves as Secretariat for the Nigeria Network of Parliamentary Monitoring Organizations (PMOs) – a coalition of civil society groups interested in legislative strengthening and advocacy.
OrderPaper is a member of the African Parliamentary Press Network (APPN), a continent-wide group of media organizations focused on reporting the parliament.
OrderPaper is also 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.
OrderPaper is a key non-state actor in the implementation of the National Action Plan of the Open Government Partnership (OGP) in Nigeria.