Freedom of Information Act reaches the grassrootsAug 20, 2013
The ongoing implementation of the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act in Nigeria registered a significant development in August with the implementation of 876 public sensitization activities in 146 Local Government Areas in the seven pilot states and the FCT.
The sessions, conducted by the National Orientation Agency with support from the Democratic Governance for Development (DGD II) project, were the first time FOI sensitization was carried out at the grassroots and in the local languages using everyday scenarios so that community members could relate to the information. The activities were held in markets, Palaces of Chiefs, local Government secretariats and other community meeting places with community leaders in attendance.
These sessions are a significant contribution to the DGD goal of popularization of the FOI Act at grass roots levels, and have contributed to raising awareness of the Act so that local communities can participate actively in governance and to hold elected officials accountable.
DGD II is a joint donor funded project managed by UNDP in support of deepening democracy in Nigeria. The project is funded with contributions from the European Commission (EC), the UK Department for International Development (DFID), the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).