En­sure trans­parency, African Com­mis­sion charges FG

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Ade­lanwa Bamg­boye

A mem­ber of the African Com­mis­sion on Hu­man and Peo­ples’ Rights, Ms Faith Pansy Tlakula yesterday called on the fed­eral gov­ern­ment to in­crease its ef­forts in the move to en­sure trans­parency and ac­count­abil­ity of elected of­fi­cials.

Ms Tlakula, who is also the Spe­cial Rap­por­teur on Free­dom of Ex­pres­sion and Ac­cess to In­for­ma­tion, made the state­ment in her ad­dress at the Dr. Felix Okoye Me­mo­rial Lec­ture or­gan­ised by the Nige­rian In­sti­tute of Ad­vanced Le­gal Stud­ies in Abuja yesterday.

Speak­ing on the topic “Open Gov­ern­ment, democ­racy and hu­man rights: Best prac­tices For African Gov­ern­ments,” Ms Tlakula stated that a gov­ern­ment that makes lit­tle or no ef­fort to be ac­count­able, trans­par­ent or al­low cit­i­zens ac­cess to in­for­ma­tion will only breed an “at­mos­phere of mis­trust be­tween the state and its cit­i­zens.”

She urged the gov­ern­ment to take steps to­wards the de­crim­i­nal­iza­tion of laws like crim­i­nal defama­tion, sedi­tion and pub­li­ca­tion of false news cur­rently in its statute books.

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