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FOIA NEEDS A LOT OF SENSITIZATION----NHRC

Posted: 2018-10-02


The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) says a lot of sensitization needs to be done on the existence of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) as many Nigerians are not aware of their rights under the Act.

Executive Secretary, NHRC Tony Ojukwu esq stated this in Abuja while receiving at the Headquarters of the Commission, a delegation of the African Commission on Human and People's Rights led by the Vice Chairman and Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression and Access to Information, Hon. Lawrence Mute.

According to Ojukwu, FOIA is grossly under-utilized despite the fact that the Act is a veritable tool for civil society groups and the Nigerian Press to engage the public as well as carry out investigation.

He says the Commission is ready to partner with the Federal Ministry of Justice and other relevant stakeholders in the full implementation of the Act across the board, emphasizing that the FOIA will assist government in fighting corruption.

Earlier, the AU Special Rapporteur on FOI, Hon. Lawrence Mute said he was in Nigeria to assess the opportunities therein for Nigerians and level of implementation of the FOIA which Nigeria passed seven years ago.

He called the NHRC to take advantage of its position as the apex human rights institution to ensure the full implementation of the FOIA


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