FG Raises Con­cern Over Flout­ing Of FOI Act

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The Guardian (Nigeria) - - NEWS - From Joke Falaju, Abuja

THE Fed­eral Min­istry of Jus­tice has ex­pressed con­cern that only 73 out of the 900 pub­lic in­sti­tu­tions com­ply with Free­dom of In­for­ma­tion (FOI) Act, that di­rects them to sub­mit an­nual re­port of all ap­pli­ca­tions of FOI re­quests.

The Deputy Di­rec­tor, FOI Unit, Min­istry of Jus­tice, Ben­jamin Okolo, said yes­ter­day, at a sem­i­nar on to the At­tor­ney-gen­eral of the Fed­er­a­tion, on all ap­pli­ca­tions of FOI re­quest they re­ceived.

Okolo main­tained that it is the only re­port the At­tor­neyGen­eral, by law, sub­mits to the Na­tional As­sem­bly, not­ing that open gov­ern­ment part­ner­ship would pro­mote fis­cal trans­parency, anti-cor­rup­tion, ac­cess to in­for­ma­tion and cit­i­zens’ en­gage­ment through tech­nol­ogy.

The Spe­cial Ad­viser to the Pres­i­dent on Jus­tice Sec­tor Re­form and Na­tional Co­or­di­na­tor Open Gov­ern­ment Part­ner­ship, Mrs. Juliet Ibekaku, pointed out that OGP would bring gov­ern­ment re­form­ers and civil so­ci­ety lead­ers to­gether to cre­ate ac­tion plans that could make gov­ern­ments more in­clu­sive, re­spon­sive and ac­count­able.

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