- Agencies of the federal government have been urged to adhere strictly to the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act
- The advice was given by the Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC)
- The group made the call at a media presentation in Abuja of findings of procurement monitors carried out by the organisation
Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) on Thursday, December 5 called on Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) of the federal government to adhere strictly to the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act in order to improve on service delivery in Nigeria.
Isese Sor, procurement monitor, education, CISLAC, made the call at a media presentation in Abuja of findings of procurement monitors carried out by the organisation.
According to Sor, the procurement monitoring process is part of the integrity mobilisation, participation, accountability, anti-corruption and transparency (IMPACT Nigeria) project supported by Global Affairs Canada through Transparency International secretariat in Berlin.
She said that the project aimed at supporting the entrenchment of transparency in public procurement processes as envisaged by the Public Procurement Act, 2007 and to increase compliance with the FOI Act.
According to her, CISLAC discovered during its project that all MDAs engaged failed to respond to the FOI request within seven days as stipulated iby the law.
“Some agencies which had shown proactive disclosure to previous requests have failed to replicate same in this period,” she said
She recommended that all the MDAs should show commitment and device measures for strict compliance to the FOI Act 2011 as it relates to the timing for providing information requested.
She advised that MDAs should also embrace proactive disclosure of information through the use of e-procurement portal (NOPOCO) developed by the Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP)
She said that there was need to develop staff capacity in areas of FOI Act and open governance as there seemed to be low awareness on the act.
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Recall that CISLAC designed a website - www.ppmtracker.ng to empower citizens with information on projects.
Legit.ng gathered that on the website, citizens could get information on the list of contracts, budgetary allocation, award letters and status of contract to enhance value for money on projects and enhance access to quality service delivery.
Meanwhile, CISLAC recently called on President Muhammadu Buhari to assent to the Companies and Allied Matters Act (Repeal and Re-enactment) bill.
Executive Director of CISLAC, Auwal Ibrahim Musa, during a press briefing on Thursday, November 7, stated that the bill contains provisions that enhances the ability of anti-corruption agencies to detect and stop corruption.
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