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Campaign on access to information launched

The Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE) and Right to Know Movement Initiative Nigeria (R2K Nigeria), have launched a campaign to enforce Nigerian laws, which contain guarantees of access to publicly-held information.

The NGE and R2K Nigeria, in unveiling the campaign, called on the Federal Ministry of Environment to respond favourably to the request by the Niger Delta Communities to fully disclose the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Report on the Dredging of the Lower River Niger.

Launched this month, the Lower River Niger Dredging Project covers 572 kilometers and runs through 152 communities in 31 local governments in eight states, including Anambra, Imo, Bayelsa, Delta, Edo, Kogi, Niger and Rivers states.

The cost of the project is N36billion and several requests by affected communities for the disclosure of this report have not been acknowledged by government.

Associate Legal Officer, Open Society Justice Initiative, Mr Maxwell Kadiri, in his contribution, said, “a government committed to the rule of law cannot decide which laws it finds convenient to obey.
The Lower River Niger Dredging project is one of the most expensive public works projects by
the government.

The Federal Government has chosen to ignore the EIA Act in launching this project that affects the lives of millions of Nigerians in eight different states covering three different and delicate geo-political regions of Nigeria. This is both insensitive and unlawful.”