Monthly Archives: July 2012

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

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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 »

Research into Existing Laws Identifies Opportunities for Public Access to Information

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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. The workshops are being organized by Media Rights Agenda (MRA) with support from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) of the United ... Read More »

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

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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. The workshops are being organized by Media Rights Agenda (MRA) with support from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) of the United ... Read More »

IFEX members hounoured with pan-African award for freedom of information campaigns

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IFEX congratulates Edetaen Ojo and Malcolm Joseph, the leaders of IFEX member groups in Nigeria and Liberia, for winning Africa’s first awards for activism on access to information. The awards were handed out at the inaugural Pan African Conference on Access to Information, held in Cape Town, South Africa, this week, which was attended by numerous IFEX members involved in ... Read More »

Freedom of Information Act Signals Consolidation of Nigeria’s Democracy

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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

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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

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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 »