By Festus Ahon & Ochuko Akuopha
DELTA State Commissioner for Information, Mr. Patrick Ukah, has reiterated the commitment of the state government to comply with the Freedom of Information, FOI, Act.
Ukah, who stated this in Asaba during a workshop organized by the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, Federal Information chapel, on the popularization of the FOI Act, said the state government would continue to ensure that journalists and other stakeholders have unhindered access to information on its policies and programmes.
Represented by the Chief Information Officer and Editor of the Ministry’s Bulletin, Mr. Churchill Oyowe, Ukah said the state government had opened its activities and encouraged journalists to access information on the state’s website on the SMART agenda of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa.
“Everything about the state budget is on the website and there is no need for people to say they don’t have information and start speculating,” he said.
Chairman of the state council of NUJ, Mr. Michael Ikeogwu, while presenting a paper, said the FOI Act would “remain a beautiful work of art and good for the shelves like every other government unimplemented policies if no deliberate effort is made to domicile the Act in the minds of Nigerians.”
Advising media practitioners to wake up to their statutory responsibility and the FOI Act in the discharge of their duties, he held that the lack of concerted and sustained media campaign remained the bane of driving home the essence of the Act.
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