|R2k Releases Translations Of Foi Act, Supports Implementation Of Law As Is|
The Right to Know Initiative (R2K) pledges to raise awareness and skills in utilising the Freedom of Information Act 2011 to meet Nigeria’s developmental ideals. The National Coordinator of R2K, Mrs Ene Enonche-Nwankpa, made this known on July 30, 2013 while thanking participants at the end of organisation’s convening of a National Conference on “Nigeria’s Freedom of Information Act 2011, 2 Years After: Challenges & Prospects” supported by the Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA).
According to Mrs Enonche-Nwankpa, Nigerians must be proud of the access to information law adopted and should start implementation as it is, without expending energy agitating for the review of the law passed 2 years ago, which is the rationale for R2K’s translation of the Act into as many languages as possible. She commended participants for their openness during the National Conference and acknowledged the contributions of the Honourable Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Mr Mohammed Bello Adoke; the Head of Service of the Federation, Alhaji Bukar Goni Aji, OON; and the Chair of the House Committee on Reform of Government Institutions, Honourable Matthew Omegara, for continued commitments in creating awareness on the FoI Act in Nigeria.
R2K unequivocally continues to support and advocate for the provisions of the FoI Act prescribing 7 days for information disclosure, this is in response to a media publication issued after the National Conference calling for the “review of the period within which information under the Act may be disclosed from 7 days to 14 days”.
R2K takes very seriously the role of informed citizen participation in governance in ensuring high ethical standards and transparency in government business. R2K and her partners are committed to ensuring the spirit and intent of the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, 2011 are not in any way undermined. This has led to support from OSIWA and MacArthur Foundation in ensuring the translation of the FOI Act into Hausa, Igbo, Yoruba, Pidgin English, Tiv and Ijaw languages.
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|Last Updated on Monday, 19 August 2013 13:47|