Owerri, Tuesday 26 November 2019: The Imo State government under the leadership of Governor Emeka Ihedioha has today demonstrated its commitment to operate an open government in the State, by the formal launch of an interactive website (sgi.imostate.gov.ng) under the office of the Secretary to the State government (OSGI) with a dedicated electronic Freedom of Information portal that allows for citizens engagement.
Imo State as the first State in Nigeria to pass its own State-owned Freedom of Information Act (FOI) on June 2012 has yet again remained the first State in Nigeria to begin implementing its FOI law through an electronic portal that allows for FOI request to be made and received through the website. The launch of this website was through a joint partnership with Right To Know (R2K), Nigeria a civil society organization and supported by the MacArthur Foundation.
2019 INTERNATIONAL RIGHT TO KNOW DAY; National Freedom of Information (FOI) Ranking Launched.
Saturday, 28 September 2019, Abuja – As part of activities to celebrate the 2019 International Right to Know Day in Nigeria, Right to Know (R2K) Nigeria in collaboration with Public and Private Development Centre (PPDC), Media Rights Agenda (MRA) Budgit, Basic Rights Watch (BRW), and Connected Development (CODE) organised and launched the first National FOI ranking.
The maiden edition of this joint Civil Society National FOI ranking, held on the 26th of September 2019 at the Central Bank OF Nigeria (CBN) International Training Institute Abuja. This event was put together ahead of the 28th of September recognized by the United Nations as the International Right to Know Day and celebrated globally by FOI advocates. As part of celebrations, the various CSO FOI assessment and monitoring initiatives were merged into a comprehensive 2019 FOI National ranking with a total of 203 Public Institutions inclusive of the security sector ranked on the following parameters.