Monthly Archives: February 2014

MRA Hosts Africa Regional Conference on FOI Implementation

Media Rights Agenda (MRA) will host a two-day Africa Regional Conference on Freedom of Information Implementation on March 18 and 19, 2014 in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory, to design strategies for enhancing the effectiveness of access to information laws on the continent. The Conference will bring together over 100 Freedom of Information stakeholders, including civil society organizations, media stakeholders, ... Read More »

Access to Information: Constitutional Perspective

By Alimi O. Adamu Freedom of Information (FOI) deals with right to access information held by public bodies, with the objective of promoting open government. Advocates argue that information held by government and its institutions, is held on behalf of, and for the benefit of the public. Democracy works better when people are part and parcel of governance, and governance ... Read More »

MRA Makes FOI Request to NFVCB on Banned Documentary

Mr. Ishaya Bako

Media Rights Agenda (MRA) on April 22, 2013 made a request under the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act, 2011 to the National Film and Videos Censors Board (NFVCB) seeking detailed information on the agency’s decision to ban a documentary, titled “Fueling Poverty”. The NFVCB,  a Federal Government agency which vets, classifies, and approves films and videos meant for distribution and exhibition ... Read More »

A.G’s Report Indicates MDAs are Failing to Comply With the FOI Act 2011

Majority of Nigerian Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) are breaching thier obligation to comply with Section 29 of the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act, which enjoins them to submit annual reports of their implementation of the Act. According to a report sent to Media Rights Agenda (MRA) by the Office of the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) following a Freedom ... Read More »

MRA Commends Judiciary for Upholding Right to Information for Citizens

Media Rights Agenda (MRA) has commended the Nigerian Judiciary for its unwavering support of the right of citizens to access information under the Freedom of Information Act, 2011, saying it appeared that the effective implementation of the Law would ultimately depend on the courts. This was contained in a statement issued in Lagos on May 28, 2013 to mark the ... Read More »

MRA Makes FOI Request to Nigerian Export Promotion Council

Mr. David Adulugba, CEO NEPC

Media Rights Agenda (MRA) has made a request under the Freedom of Information Act, 2011 to the Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC), asking for the organization’s records and documents relating to its assets and properties. In a Freedom of Information request dated May 31, 2013, signed by MRA’s Programmes Manager, Mr. Ayode Longe, and addressed to the Managing Director/Chief Executive ... Read More »

Freedom of Information Law Reports (6)

All Public Institutions Must Prepare Themselves for the Effective Implementation of the FOI Act, Says Judge In the Federal High Court Holden at Lagos, Nigeria On Tuesday the 2nd Day of October, 2012 Before the Honourable Justice M.B. Idris, Judge Suit No. FHC/L/CS/494/2012 Between: Mr. Boniface Okezie – PLAINTIFF And The Central Bank of Nigeria – RESPONDENTS Questions for Determination ... Read More »

Activist Says Access to Education, Active Citizenry Guarantee Effective FOI

Prof. Chidi Odinkalu, a human rights activist and Chairman of the Governing Council of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), has said adequate access to education and an active citizenry will guarantee the operation of an effective Freedom of Information (FOI) system in Nigeria. He reinforced the statement saying: “We need active citizens to make the FOI Act work”, adding ... Read More »

The Mode of Challenging Denial of Access to Information under the FOI Act is by Application for Judicial Review, Says Court

In the High Court of Justice, Oyo State of Nigeria In the Ibadan Judicial Division Holden at Ibadan Monday, the 28th of May, 2012 Before the Honourable Justice P. O. Ige, Court 11 Suit No. 1/778/2011 Between: The Registered Trustees of the Socio-Economic                    – PLAINTIFF Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) And The Governor of Oyo State The Attorney-General of Oyo State ... Read More »