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Title: Strategic Communications Training Freedom of Information X State MDA


1
Strategic Communications Training
Freedom of Information X State MDA
2
Welcome Note
  • Opening Remarks
  • Programme Information

3
Training Objectives
  • To improve understanding of the FOI Act (Federal
    Law) for MDA officials

4
Roadmap for the Day
  • FOI Act Implementation
  • Q A, discussion of examples of FOI
  • Wrap Up and Next Steps
  • Evaluations

5
Freedom of Information
  • Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and
    expression this right includes freedom to hold
    opinions without interference and to seek,
    receive and impart information and ideas through
    any media and regardless of frontiers
  • - Article 19 UN Declaration of Human Rights
  • Guarantees the right of access to information
    held by public institutions, irrespective of the
    form in which it is kept and is applicable to
    private institutions where they utilize public
    funds, perform public functions or provide public
    services.
  • - Freedom of Information Act, 2011 - Nigeria

6
FOI Act Implementation
  • The public has the right to access information
    that
  • the government (or other powerful institutions)
    holds about them
  • the government (or other powerful institutions)
    holds that could benefit them.
  • The public has the right to see/hear what is
    going on in
  • the legislature
  • the courts.
  • other public bodies
  • Officials-- public and private-- have the right
    to
  • blow the whistle on bad practices in powerful
    institutions.

7
FOI Act Implementation in Nigeria
  • Basics
  • Right of access to public information and records
    without need to demonstrate the specific
    interest
  • Government institutions must publish in the
    Federal Gazette regularly
  • Response given to applicant within 14 days
  • If turned down, legal reason must be given
  • Enforcement
  • Failure to Respond could lead to N500,000 fine
    OR-
  • Maximum 3 years in prison

8
FOI Not a Threat! an Opportunity
  • HOW?
  • Make MDA information public
  • Allocate FOI responsibility to specific staff
  • Train information officers other public
    officials
  • Set up or improve existing information and
    records management systems
  • Publicise the existence of the Freedom of
    Information Law raise awareness

9
FOI, Q A, Discussion
  • What are some of the types of information that
    the government holds that might be in the
    interest of the individual member of the public
    to know?
  • What are some examples of government wrongdoing
    government that could be dealt with by giving
    whistleblowers the right to tell the truth in
    public?
  • What are some of the important decision-making
    public bodies in your state?
  • How does FOI make life better?
  • How far can the principle of freedom of
    information be applied to private bodies in
    society, such as companies, as well as to
    governments?

10
Q A, Wrap-up Next Steps
11
Participant Evaluations
12
Thank you
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