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FOI Act, A Necessary Tool In Fight Against Corruption says FG. cc @DrJoeAbah
The minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has restated the commitment of the federal government to upholding the Freedom of Information Act as a necessary instrument in the fight against corruption and in promoting transparency in governance.
The minister made the remarks in Abuja yesterday in his message to mark this year’s World Press Freedom Day, which had the theme “Access to Information and Fundamental Freedoms: This Is Your Right.”
He said: “We are indeed in a very interesting period, which calls for full support and use of the FOI Act and which recognises the citizen’s right to know, promote war against corruption and sustain economic development.
“If activities of public institutions are subjected to scrutiny, it will be easier to measure their efforts against their goals and our expectations.”
Lai Mohammed further said that the government had taken a bold step further in not just guaranteeing Freedom of Expression but creating access to information.
‘’It will go a long way in entrenching transparency, which will in turn help curb corruption, promote accountability, good governance, rule of law and service delivery in public office”, he said.
Alhaji Mohammed commended the media for remaining resolute in the pursuit of liberty, social justice, equality and democracy, and assured that the federal government will continue to create the enabling environment for the media to thrive. (Leadership)