MRA Holds Workshop FOI Act for
LAGOS, Thursday, January 26, 2012:
A two-day workshop for representatives of civil society
organizations in the northern states of Nigeria on how to
use the Freedom of Information Act opens in Kaduna today.
Organized by Media Rights Agenda (MRA) with support from the
Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) of the United Kingdom
through the British High Commission in Abuja, the workshop
will bring together participants from among civil society
organizations (CSOs), including community based
organizations (CBOs), faith-based organizations (FBOs) and
other grassroots organizations in the North East, North West
and North Central zones of the country.
into Existing Laws Identifies Opportunities for Public
Access to Information
Between 2008 and 2010, MRA, working with partner organizations in Ghana, Liberia and Sierra Leone conducted researches into existing laws and regulations in these countries and in Nigeria and identified provisions that give citizens opportunities to access certain information. In another phase of the project, again working with the partners in the same countries, MRA monitored the implementation of these provisions. The reports from these researches were published in four separate reports.
FOIC Urges Senate
Committee on Information to Expedite Action on the FOI Bill
Freedom of Information Coalition (FOIC),
on April 10, 2008 wrote to Senator Ayogu Eze the Chairman
of Senate Committee on Information and Media and other
members of the Committee to express its concern on the
situation with the Freedom of Information Bill, which is
presently before the Committee and urging the Committee to
immediately sign off on this Bill so that it can move on
faster on its legislative journey.
Officers Seek Empowerment for Effective Implementation of
Freedom of Information Law
Officers at Federal, State and Local Government levels have
proposed a range of administrative and institutional reforms
in the public service to ensure the effective implementation
of the Freedom of Information Bill, when it becomes law.