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Today marks the 2nd Edition of the celebration of the Universal Access to Information day, as designated by UNESCO. As part of its contribution to the worldwide commemoration and monitoring role it plays in Nigeria; Right To Know (R2K), Nigeria, an Access to Information activism NGO has released an update-assessment report on the level of compliance by public institutions in Nigeria with two key provisions of the Freedom of Information Act (FOI); notably, Section 2(3 &4) relating to the provision on Proactive Disclosure—and Section 29 (1,2 &3) obligating an FOI Annual Submission to the Office of the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) on or before every first of the month of February.

Marking the global Right to Know Day, The Right to Know (R2K), Nigeria today released a Proactive Disclosure Assessment (PDA) Report on the status of public sector compliance with the obligation to proactively discloseinformation underNigeria’s Freedom of Information (FOI) Act, 2011. The assessment was carried out over the course of 11 months, from February 2014 to December 2014.

Abuja, August 3, 2017: The Right to Know (R2K), Nigeria and the Federal Ministry of Justice (FMOJ) today unveiled a restructured website with a Freedom of Information (FOI) Web Portal for the Ministry. The event, which was presided over by the Honourable Minister and Attorney General of the Federation, Mr Abubakar Malami, SAN, was held at the Minister’s Conference Room, Federal Secretariat. The FOI Portal serves as a relevant technological tool for the Ministry of Justice to optimise proactive information disclosure; and facilitates the ease of anyone submitting electronic FOI request through the institution’s website.

Abuja, Tuesday July 4, 2017: Right To Know (R2K), Nigeria today, convenes both state and non-state actors to a Forum on Freedom of Information (FOI) Good Practice and Accountability in Nigeria’s Public Service. The event provides a platform to share and document institutional experiences in implementing the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act, what worked, what did not, why and how to bring about a change, with focus on enabling greater accountability in Nigeria’s public service and ensure sustainable citizen participation in governance.

Abuja: January 31, 2017: All government agencies have been advised to embrace full Implementation of the Freedom of Information Act as an important tool to push the anti –corruption campaign to nooks and crannies of the public service.

The Director General of the Bureau of Public Service Reforms, Dr Joe Abah made the appeal in Abuja while speaking at a ceremony to unveil the FOI portal and the new website of NEITI. The website was designed by R2K, a Non-Governmental Organization with the support of MacArthur Foundation to promote implementation and compliance with the Freedom of Information Act.

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