Title of Presentation: Taking Freedom of Information to the Streets: A New Wave in Nigeria
Names of all Presenters: Amari Omaka
Short Abstract: For over one decade, Nigerian human rights and civil rights activists had clamored to give Nigerians right to freedom of information. All these years, it was a battle that appeared invincible. However, in May 28, 2011, history was made when President Goodluck Jonathan signed the Freedom of Information Bill into law. Nigeria became only the second country in West Africa and one of the few countries in sub-Saharan Africa to have a freedom of information Act (FoI Act), giving Nigerians the power to ask questions on the use of her enormous resources and power to unearth hitherto hidden facts on governance. EBSU Law Clinic, which I direct, is one of the law clinics that have been painting the streets red to enlighten Nigerians through her street law programme. Our presentation, therefore, discusses the Nigerian effort at publicising the new FoI Act and show-cases how our law faculty has integrated FoI Act into existing curriculum.
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