Events / Activities

MRA Begins Mentoring of CSOs on Using the FOI Act

Media Rights Agenda (MRA) has launched a project to mentor selected civil society organizations from across the country on the use of the Freedom of Information Act to improve their ability to use the Law and enhance their effectiveness. The objective of the programme, which is being implemented with support from the Democratic Governance for Development (DGD) II Project of ... Read More »

MRA Establishes Network of Lawyers to Provide Free Legal Assistance in FOI Cases

Mr. Ikeazor Akaraiwe, designated pioneer chair of the Network

MRA’s Executive Director, Mr. Edetaen Ojo, announced the establishment of the Network at a Freedom of Information Implementers Strategy Meeting held in Abuja last month. Mr. Ojo said MRA had used the opportunity presented by the meeting to bring together members of the Network to “enable them to discuss and formulate a strategy for implementing what has become a critically ... Read More »

MRA, PPDC Make FOI Requests to NCAA on Purchase of Bullet-Proof Cars

Media Rights Agenda (MRA) in Lagos and the Abuja-based Public and Private Development Centre (PPDC) have submitted a joint Freedom of Information (FOI) request to the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) asking for detailed information on the procurement records for the controversial purchase of two BMW bullet-proof cars for the Minister of Aviation, Princess Stella Oduah. In the letter addressed ... Read More »

Deputy British High Commissioner Urges CSOs, Nigerians to Use FOI Act


KADUNA, Friday, 27 January 2012:  The Deputy British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr. Giles Lever, yesterday in Kaduna called on civil society organizations and ordinary Nigerians to take advantage of the Freedom of Information Act to demand accountability from their government. In his opening remarks at a workshop organized by Media Rights Agenda (MRA) for representatives of civil society organizations ... Read More »

Freedom of Information Act Signals Consolidation of Nigeria’s Democracy


Long awaited legislation will aid anti-corruption, improve the efficiency and effectiveness of public institutions, support justice and ensure more open society (Abuja, June 1, 2011) – The signing by Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan of a Freedom of Information (FOI) law is a victory for democracy, transparency, justice and development, the Right to Know initiative, Media Rights Agenda and Open Society Foundations said today. ... Read More »

Government Information Officers Seek Empowerment for Effective Implementation of Freedom of Information Law


Government Information 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.   The information officers who participated in four training Workshops on Freedom of Information for Public Information Officers held in different parts ... Read More »

Conference Adopts African Platform on Access to Information


CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA, MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2011:  Freedom of Information stakeholders in Africa, supported by their international counterparts, today in Cape Town, South Africa, adopted a landmark Declaration with a call to the United Nations General Assembly to proclaim September 28 “International Right to Information Day”. Known as the African Platform on Access to Information (APAI), the Declaration was ... Read More »