The Port Harcourt Zonal Head of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Chief Detective Superintendent, CDS, Aliyu. N. Naibi has said that the EFCC was one of the government’s agencies in full compliance with the Freedom of Information Act.
He stated this in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, on Wednesday, April 28, during a roundtable meeting organised by the National Orientation Agency, NOA, on “Promoting Transparency, Accountability and Stewardship in Governance through Understanding and Application of Freedom of Information.”
TheFact Nigeria reports that Naibi, who was represented by Barrister Celestina Okorie, explained that, “on a daily basis, we receive requests from individuals and organizations to practically find out what we are all about and what we are doing. In all honesty, I would say that the EFCC is one of the government’s agencies that fully complies with the Freedom of Information Act. We will continue to do more in the course of fighting corruption.”
Explaining the rationale for the roundtable meeting, Rivers State Director of the National Orientation Agency, Young. M. Ayotamuno, said that citizens’ involvement in the anti- corruption crusade could only be effective if they are allowed unfettered access to information needed to “institutionalise transparency and accountability amongst all”.
To achieve this and ensure that enough awareness is created widely among Nigerians, he disclosed that the FOI Act 2011 has been translated into 25 languages, making it possible for people at the grassroots to key into the provisions of the Act.
Several presentations were made at the meeting, one of which was the submission of Prince Ezegubo, Executive Director, Social Action, on the “Comprehension and Application of the Freedom of Information Act 2011”.
“Information is necessary for development and I appeal to the Federal government to reach out to remote areas and disseminate information that concerns the people.
“The Act is for disclosure purposes, to make information available to those that need it. In most cases, information is not directed properly because it is hanging in the air. It is not enough to have roundtables but for resolutions made to be implemented in every aspect”, Ezegubo stated.
The meeting was attended by officials of the EFCC, Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission, ICPC, Code of Conduct Bureau, Civil Society Groups and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC. Others are Rivers State Commissioner of Information, Rivers State Attorney- General and Commissioners of Justice, and Police, Rivers State.