Stakeholders Advocate for Domestication of Freedom of Information Act in Edo State – Nigerian Observer

The need for synergy between civil society organizations, journalists and lawyers to meet with key stakeholders to advocate for the domestication of the Freedom of Information Act in Edo State has been underlined
The call was made during a media roundtable on freedom of information, FOI, organized in Benin City by the African Network for Environment and Economic Justice, ANEEJ, to foster an enabling environment for access to information from ministries, departments and agencies providing public services.
ANEEJ Program Officer Mr. Innocent Edemhanria said the media roundtable was organized to discuss past efforts to domesticate the FOI law in Edo and how to reinvigorate advocacy for updating the old project presented to the government.
According to him during his slide presentation, the FOI was enacted on May 28, 2011 to allow public access to certain government information to ensure transparency and accountability, adding that the main thing is to make public officials responsible for their actions.
He noted that the benefits of the FOI Act which applies to all branches of the three levels of government include ensuring transparency of government, active participation of citizens in governance and reduction of corruption in governance and promoting quality service.
“It is important for Edo State to domesticate the FOI law due to its impressive relationship with the Open Governance Partnership, OGP. Stakeholders, civil society organizations, lawyers and journalists should call for the resuscitation of the FOI bill in the state.
“Let’s refresh our minds and take a common stance to advance the demand for freedom of information law in Edo,” he added.
The ANEEJ program manager gave an overview of the FOI law, the duties and obligations of public institutions under the FOI law, previous efforts and the way forward and tips for making FOI requests

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