Nigerian Editors want freedom of Information
The Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE) and Right to Know Movement Initiative Nigeria (R2K Nigeria), have renewed the need to pass the Freedom of Information (FoI) Bill.
The organisations identified over six federal Acts and official policy documents that guarantee the public’s right of access to publicly held documents, including Section 39 of the 1999 Constitution; Article 9 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights (Ratification and Enforcement)
Act (1990); the Archives Act; the Environmental Impact Assessment Act (1992); the Fiscal Responsibility Act (2007), the Nigerian Extractive Industries Transparency (NEITI) Act, 2007; and the SERVICOM Charter.
A statement by NGE President, Mr Gbenga Adefaye, said government elected by citizens need not have anything to gain from secrecy.
He said failure to enforce the access to information provisions in our laws was at the heart of the current rot, decay, high level corruption and misappropriation of public funds currently plaguing our country.
He called on Nigerians to be eternally vigilant in demanding the protection of their rights to information under these existing laws, stating that failure to do so was no longer an option.