The Right To Know (R2K) Nigeria, has scored yet another first in its advocacy for access to information in Nigeria. It has released the first ever video on the Freedom of Information in Nigeria. The video which was released few days after the celebration of the Right To know Day, September 28, 2014, was produced as part of R2K’s advocating strides and a renewed call for Nigerians to take full advantage of the right to access information.
According to the National Coordinator Ene Nwankpa, who stated that, ”Nigerians continually agitate for transformation in governance, and now, for the past 3 years, since the signing into law of the FOI Act, most successful initiatives for change using the law – such as the removal of the illegal, and now defunct Abuja Park and Pay Scheme – have been largely at the instance of civil society organizations”.
Ene Nwankpa called on members of the public to move beyond the rhetoric, and to actively participate in using the FOI Act to entrench accountable and transparent processes in the business of governance in Nigeria.
The video is a series of eight episodes of carefully selected sections of the FOI Act. It introduces the Act in the most engaging and very educative style. The first episode in the series titled ‘Access to information is a Right’ introduces the series with an approach of exterminating the ignorance of the viewers of their fundamental human right to access information. All other episodes such as, “What is a Public Institution?”, “The ways of accessing information”, “Who can apply for information?”, “How to apply for information” and many more do not fall short of its educating qualities.
Mfonabasi Udoh of Isu Media Limited, the production partners for the video series has described the video series as a novel that will revolutionize democracy and open up more opportunities for the media and communications sector in the country.
Odoh Diego Okenyodo
Isu Media Limited
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