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When the federal government on May 28, 2011 passed the Freedom of Information Act (FOI) into law, Nigerians see it at a very welcome idea as it avails its citizenries the opportunity to seek for such whenever necessary, little did they know that it is going to be an illusion as the federal government is condoning impunity in the implementation of the act.

No wonder The Media Rights Agenda (MRA), today accused the federal government of condoning “unbridled impunity” by hundreds of public institutions that have refused to implement the Freedom of Information Act (FOI), 2011 or comply with their obligations under the law, saying the situation makes a mockery of the administration’s claim that it is committed to transparency and accountability.

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It could be recalled that the MRA’s Programme Manager for Freedom of Information, Ridwan Sulaimon had earlier in 2011, noted that the scale of non-compliance with the provisions of the FOI Act by public institutions under the authority and direct control of the federal government is mind-boggling” adding that the failure of the government to sanction such institutions or their chief executives can only be interpreted as evidence of its lack of interest in seeing the Law enforced.

MRA urged the Attorney-General of the Federation to explore the possibility of imposing administrative sanctions against public institutions that are not complying with their duties and obligations under the FOI Act, such as withholding legal assistance or representation by the Federal Ministry of Justice to such public institutions that are not submitting annual reports or are in breach of the provisions of the Act in any other way.

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