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Practical Application of Freedom of Information Act for CSOs/Media: The Right to Ask

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Presented by Oludayo Bamgbose, Civil Society Coalition of Migration and Development at a 2-day Capacity Enhancement Workshop on Advocacy organized by South-West Freedom of Information Advocacy Network

Presented by Oludayo Bamgbose, Civil Society Coalition of Migration and Development at a 2-day Capacity Enhancement Workshop on Advocacy organized by South-West Freedom of Information Advocacy Network

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  • 1. PRACTICAL APPLICATION OF FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT FOR CSOS / MEDIA: THE RIGHT TO ASK. BY OLUDAYO BAMGBOSE CIVIL SOCIETY COALITION OF MIGRATION AND DEVELOPMENT CISCOMDNG@YAHOO.COM +2348033505916 GROUP ONE Presentation
  • 2. Introduction Knowledge of What FOI is all about is key for successful advocacy and implementation. -You cannot give what you don’t have. CSOs and the media need to build their capacities for effective advocacy and optimal utilization of FOI Laws.
  • 3. The challenges Reluctance on the part of the government officials in releasing sensitive information.  Official secrecy Act as a shield.  In Lagos state for example, there is an express restriction as to those who can give out public information. The popular belief that FOIA needs to be adopted at the state level. Yet, the states are unwilling to adopt the Act. Eg.,Oyo State House of Assembly experience is an example.
  • 4. Challenges ( cont’d) Safety of genuine whistle blowers cannot be guaranteed.  This is because whistle blowers are sometimes perceived as antagonists and members of rival political parties. Disregard for court orders. Financial constraint.
  • 5. The way out Capacity building of CSOs/Media workers. Mobilize professional bodies/ FBOs and Cultural organizations. Use of indigenous languages for instructions and mobilization particularly at the grass root. Targeted information requests be made using FOIA to targeted public institutions for information on issues of national importance like budget.
  • 6. Way out (cont’d) Building strong partnership with media for sustaining FOIA implementation. Maximize the use of print, electronic and social media for increased awareness. This is because media publicity is essential towards mass mobilization. Team work can minimize risks to whistle blowers. Periodic evaluation of activities. The use of FOI list serve to learn best practices amongst members.
  • 7. Way out (cont’d) Capacity to follow up request with legal action if need arises. Building strong partnership and media for sustaining FOI implementation. Periodic evaluation of activities. The use of FOI list serve to learn best practices amongst members. Partnership with stakeholders.
  • 8. From all of us
  • 9. Thank you for your attention.
  • 10. Pst Mrs E.Y Odedele- Chairman Dayo Bamgbose- Secretary Agnes Tola-Winjobi-Member Ayo Adebusoye-Member Nike Obatayo JP-Member Azeez Tajudeen O-Member Kemi Adesina Soyebi-Member Tuned Hassan-Member Elegbede Tayo-Member