As part of efforts to ensure the implementation of the Freedom of Information Act, the Freedom of Information Unit of the Federal Ministry of Justice has sought collaboration with the National Orientation Agency, NOA, to enhance its implementation by public institutions in the country.
According to a press statement signed by Mr. Paul Odenyi, NOA’s assistant director of press, director general of the agency, Mike Omeri disclosed this when the deputy director in the FOI Unit of the Ministry of Justice, Mrs. Stella Anukam, visited him to fine tune areas of partnership between the two organisations.
Omeri said the agency had translated the FOI Act in 28 Nigerian languages and had distributed same to various ministries, departments and agencies.
The DG urged the FOI Unit of the Justice Ministry to step up efforts in making the implementation a reality, by encouraging the disclosure of information and educating the MDAs on the type of information to be disclosed, adding that 3,000 personnel of the agency had been deployed in continuous public sensitisation about the act using various platforms.
“The FOI act is timely. The right to know is a fundamental right of every citizen and the Act could be used to fight the ills of the society,” Omeri said.
Earlier, the Director, Mrs Anukam said the unit was concerned about the implementation of the FOIA and that public servants should not be afraid to disclose information when necessary.
Anukam said the FOI Act was about transparency and accountability in running the affairs of government, keeping records properly for the development of the country, and is not a witch-hunting effort.
She solicited the agency’s support for nationwide sensitisation using its platforms.

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