Lagos, Tuesday, November 15, 2011: Media Rights Agenda (MRA) today launched an Application to enable mobile phone users to download the entire Freedom of Information Act 2011 from its website to their handsets in an easy-to-navigate format.
Named FOI App, the Application was developed by Paradigm Initiative Nigeria (PIN) for Media Rights Agenda with support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) through a grant from Pact Nigeria.
Announcing the release of the Application in Lagos, MRA’s Executive Director, Mr. Edetaen Ojo, said: “with over 93 million active mobile telephone lines in Nigeria, we believe the FOI Apps is a powerful tool to help make the Freedom of Information Act available to the vast majority of Nigerians at no cost and for them to always have the provisions of this important legislation constantly available at their finger tips.”
Blackberry phone users as well as Nokia and other Java-enabled mobile phone users can download the Act by logging on to:http://www.mediarightsagenda.net/foiapp/ on their phones. Once downloaded, the Act is then stored in the phone and can be read at any time.
In addition, the Application contains a mobile phone number through which people can get more information or clarification about the Act by voice calls or SMS as well as a contact email address for obtaining more lengthy information.
Mr. Ojo said he is confident that “with the expected widespread use of the Application, there will be dramatic improvements in the level of public awareness of and familiarity with the provisions of the Act which should hopefully translate into a significant increase in the number of ordinary people using the Law to seek information from public institutions and private entities covered by the Act.”
For further details:
Senior Programme Officer
Media Rights Agenda
Cell: 0816 369 3880