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Press Releases from the Secretariat of the Freedom

of Information Coalition (FOIC)

 

Media Rights Agenda holds Sensitization Workshops on the Freedom of Information Act

 

LAGOS, Wednesday, January 25, 2012:  The first in a series of sensitization workshops aimed at familiarizing various sectors of the Nigerian society with the Freedom of Information Act and increasing their usage of the Law begins in Kaduna tomorrow. Details .....
 

MRA Launches FOI Act for Mobile Phones

 

Lagos, Tuesday, November 15, 2011:  Media Rights Agenda (MRA) today launched an Application to enable mobile phone users to download the entire Freedom of Information Act 2011 from its website to their handsets in an easy-to-navigate format. Details  .....


Signature Campaign Launched for African Platform on Access to Information

LAGOS, WEDNESDAY, 28 SEPTEMBER 2011:  On the occasion of this year’s International Right to Know Day, the Windhoek+20 Campaign on Access to Information in Africa is today launching a continent-wide signature campaign in support of the African Platform on Access to Information (APAI), a landmark Declaration adopted in Cape Town, South Africa, last week.  Details .....

MRA’s Executive Director Receives Pan-African Award for FOI Campaign

 

CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA, MONDAY, 19 SEPTEMBER 2011: The Executive Director of Media Rights Agenda, Mr. Edetaen Ojo, was last night in Cape Town, South Africa, bestowed with an award for his role in the passage of Nigeria’s Freedom of Information Act early this year and his campaign for access to information across Africa.  Details .....

Latest Version Of APAI is Now Available Online

 The latest version of the draft declaration for an African Platform on Access to Information (APAI) is now available online for public commentary. The Declaration will be presented to over 250 delegates at the Pan African Conference on Access to Information (PACAI), which will be held in Cape Town from September 17th and 19th Details .....

APAI Draft Declaration goes online for Public Commentary

 The African Platform on Access to Information Working Group is proud to announce that the second draft of its declaration is now available for public viewing online. The Declaration will be presented to over 150 delegates at the Pan African Conference on Access to Information, which will be held in Cape Town from September 17th – 19th Details  .....

Freedom of Information Act Signals Consolidation of Nigeria’s Democracy

A group of civil society groups has praised the decision of President Jonathan to sign the new law and efforts by legislators to harmonise the bill in time. The organizations: Media Rights Agenda, the Right to Know Initiative, and the Open Society Foundations congratulated the leadership and members of both chambers of the National Assembly, for their steadfastness and the speed with which the bill was finalized. Details .....

 

MRA Rejects Senate Committee Recommendations on FOI Bill

 

Lagos, Monday, September 29, 2008:  Media Rights Agenda (MRA) today announced its rejection of the recommendations of the Senate’s Information Committee on the Freedom of Information Bill, saying if passed as proposed it would be the worst access to information law in the world and would bring Nigeria to ridicule. Details ....

 

Africa Freedom of Information Centre Launched

 

LAGOS, NIGERIA: Friday, September 28, 2007:   A network of Freedom of Information advocates in Africa today announced the launch of a regional Centre in Lagos to galvanize the campaign for the adoption of access to information laws on the continent.   Details .....

 

Ogun State Governor, Thousands Sign Petition on FOI Bill

 

LAGOS, Monday, September 24, 2007: Ogun State Governor, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, is among thousands of Nigerians who have signed a petition calling on the National Assembly to pass the Freedom of Information Bill into Law before the end of 2007.  Details .....
 

Freedom of Information Coalition Launches Signature Campaign

 

LAGOS, Tuesday, September 11, 2007:  The Freedom of Information Coalition (FOIC) has launched a signature campaign in support of a petition asking the National Assembly to pass the Freedom of Information Bill into law before the end of 2007.            Details …..

 

Click these links to download the Petition to National Assembly and the Petition signature Form

 

Media Rights Agenda Calls on National Assembly to OverridePresident Obasanjo’s Veto of the Freedom of Information Bill

 

ABUJA: Tuesday, May 8, 2007:   Media Rights Agenda (MRA) today called on the National Assembly to urgently exercise its powers under Section 58(5) of the 1999 Constitution to override President Olusegun Obasanjo’s veto on the Freedom of Information Bill and ensure that the Bill becomes Law before the expiration of its tenure.   Details .....

 

Media Rights Agenda Calls on President Obasanjo to Sign Freedom of Information Bill

 

ABUJA: Thursday, March 29, 2007 : Media Rights Agenda (MRA) today called on President Olusegun Obasanjo to assent to the Freedom of Information Bill, which was dispatched to him for assent by the National Assembly on Friday, March 23, 2007.   Details .....

 

Freedom of Information Bill: Need to Ensure Speedy Passage

 

The Freedom of Information Coalition (FOI Coalition) welcomes the fact that the third reading of the Freedom of Information Bill is scheduled for Wednesday, December 14, 2005. We are encouraged by the commitment of the Senate to ensuring a speedy passage of the Bill. This is indeed, a mark of legislative responsiveness to public interest.   Details .....
 

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