Monthly Archives: February 2014

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 »

Activist says FOI Act is an Effective Tool for Budget Tracking

The Deputy Executive Director of Media Rights Agenda, Jennifer Onyejekwe has said that using the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act 2011 will enhance effective budget tracking.  She reinforced this stance by saying: “The FOI Act should be used to know when budget decisions are being made, and by whom. This will enable the creation of intervention plans in a timely and effective way.” Onyejekwe ... 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 »

Group Urges Journalists to Use FOI Act, Transparency Laws to Expose Corruption

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The International Press Centre (IPC) has called on journalists to utilize the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act and other transparency laws to expose corruption and raise the bars of accountability, transparency and good governance in Nigeria   This was contained in the communiqué issued at the end of a two-day workshop, entitled:Investigative reporting and methodologies for institutionalizing transparency and accountability ... Read More »

UNESCO Launches Social Media Discussion Page for Freedom of Expression Toolkit

UNESCO Launches Social Media Toolkit

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has launched a discussion group on the popular social networking site, Facebook, for the recently released “Freedom of Expression Toolkit: A Guide for Students”. The discussion group was launched by UNESCO in conjunction with the 8th Youth Forum, a gathering of young men and women from countries all over the world, ... Read More »

MRA Mentors CSOs on FOI Implementation

Cross Section of Participants at the Mentoring Workshop

Media Rights Agenda (MRA), in its goal to ensure the effective implementation of the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act in Nigeria, has initiated a mentoring programme for civil society organisations (CSOs) working in the areas of democratic governance across the country. With support from Democratic Governance for Development (DGD II) project of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), MRA identified ... Read More »

Judge Rules that FOI Act is of General Application to all tiers of Government, their Officials, Agencies and

Ms. Jumoke Sunmonu, Speaker Oyo State House of Assembly

In the High Court of Justice Oyo State of Nigeria In the Ibadan Judicial Division Holden at Ibadan Before the Honourable Justice S. A. Akinteye, Judge Thursday, the 31st Day of October, 2013 Court No. 5 Suit No. M/332/12   Between:   Yomi Ogunlola & 1 Or                                                           –  CLAIMANTS   And   Speaker, Oyo State House of Assembly & 3 ... Read More »

SPJ Calls for Applications for the Pulliam/Kilgore FOI Internships

Bernard “Barney” Kilgore

The Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) has called for applications to its annual Pulliam/Kilgore Freedom of Information (FOI) Internship programme. The Interns will receive a stipend of $400 per week and work during a mutually agreeable 10-week period during the summer of 2014. Recipients are notified in late February 2014 and should arrange to start their internships in late May ... Read More »

Groups Seek Incorporation of FOI into Journalism Curriculum

Prof Julius Okojie of National University Commission

The Nigerian Press Council (NPC) in partnership with the National Universities Commission (NUC), the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) and the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) have called for the incorporation of the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act into the Nigerian journalism curriculum. This was contained in the communiqué issued at the end of a one-day Focus Group Discussion ... Read More »