Violation of FOI Act: Ministry of Foreign Affairs at war with MRA… group calls on Buhari to intervene

Media Right Agenda has tasked President President Muhammadu Buhari, as a matter of urgency to asked the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Abuja, to comply with the Freedom of Information Law and stopped playing politics with the Act. Last week, Media Rights Agenda (MRA)  scored the Ministry zero in its weekly rating of agencies and parastatals of the government who are violating the FOI law, seven years after its establishment in the country. But instead of heading to the instructions raised by the MRA, for the Ministry’s poor performance in…

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AFEX Calls on African Governments to protect African Journalists, fight against impunity

The Sixth General Meeting of the African Freedom of Expression Exchange (AFEX), a network of African freedom of expression and media development organisations who are members of the International Freedom of Expression Exchange (IFEX), held in Accra, Ghana, on Wednesday, November 7 and Thursday, November 8, 2018 has ended with a resolution to African heads of states to protect journalists in Africa. The conference, hosted by the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA), and presided, over by AFEX Steering Committee Chairperson, Mr. Edetaen Ojo, who is the Executive Director of…

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Group indicts Ministry of Foreign Affairs over FOI non implementation

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs today became the latest entrant into the Freedom of Information (FOI) “Hall of Shame” as it was adjudged to have consistently breached most of its duties and obligations under the FOI Act over the last seven years. Ms. Chioma Nwaodike, Legal Officer at Media Rights Agenda (MRA), announced the induction of the Ministry into the FOI Hall of Shame in a statement in Lagos, saying the institution had essentially ignored its responsibilities under the FOI Act for most of the past seven years in circumstances…

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MRA Inducts Federal Ministry of Communication Technology into ‘FOI Hall of Shame

  Media Rights Agenda (MRA) today accused the Federal Ministry of Communication Technology of flagrant abuse of Freedom of Information law by refusing to adopt it in their activities and therefore inducted it into its “Freedom of Information (FOI) Hall of Shame”. It accused the Ministry of extremely poor performance in its implementation of the Act over the last seven years. MRA’s Programme Officer, Mr. Idowu Adewale, announced the selection of the Ministry as this week’s inductee in a statement issued in Lagos, saying “the Ministry’s overall performance in the…

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MRA indicts FRCN over FOI

Media Rights Agenda (MRA), has inducted the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN) into its Freedom of Information (FOI) “Hall of Shame”, saying the institution’s sundry violations of the provisions of the FOI Act also amount to a breach of its primary mandate to make news and information available to the public. In a statement in Lagos, Ms Morisola Alaba, a Legal Officer at MRA, said: “It is always disheartening when a public institution established and funded primarily to facilitate the free flow of information within the society, particularly between…

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MRA inducts PTDF into ‘FOI Hall of Shame’ …accuses government of encouraging public institutions to break the law

Media Rights Agenda (MRA), on Monday, inducted the Petroleum Technology Development Fund (PTDF) as its 65th inductee into the “Freedom of Information (FOI) Hall of Shame” for the agencies failure to implement the FOI, six years after its implemtation. The group said it was extremely concerned about the pervasive culture of non-compliance with the FOI Act across government institutions with no single one of them having ever been sanctioned for violating the Law. In a statement in Lagos, MRA’s FOI Programme Manager, Mr. Ridwan Sulaimon said: “We are gravely concerned…

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MRA attacks NDLEA over FOI …accuses it of treating Act with disdain

Duru Osunkwo Media Rights Agenda (MRA), had last week, inducteed the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) into its “Freedom of Information (FOI) Hall of Shame”, accusing the institution of treating the FOI Act with disdain. MRA’s Programme Director, Mr. Ayode Longe, announced the choice of NDLEA as this week’s inductee in a statement issued in Lagos, saying “the disdain with which the agency has treated the FOI Act over the last seven years, as evidenced by its almost total disregard for all its duties and obligations under the Act,…

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Group indicts office of National Security Adviser over non-implementation of FOI

    By Stephen Emmanuel Media Rights Agenda (MRA), has in its weekly ratings of Ministeries, Departments and agencies (MDAs) of the federal governments named the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) to the President as this week’s inductee into its “Freedom of Information (FOI) Hall of Shame,” by accusing the institution of acting under a mistaken belief that the principles of transparency and accountability do not apply to it. MRA’s Legal Officer, Ms Chioma Nwaodike, announced the induction of the ONSA into the Hall of Shame in a…

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