BY ABDULWAHAB  ABDULAH

IBADAN-Oyo State Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi and the state Attorney General have been dragged before the state High Court over alleged failure to release information and documents relating to spending on primary education in the state.

The suit filed by a non governmental organisation, Socio-Economic Rights Accountability Project, SERAP, was sequel to the alleged failure of the state to respond to a petition filed last June, asking the government to make public the revenue accrued to it from the  Universal Basic Education Commission, UBEC, intervention funds in 2005 till date and how the funds were utilised.

SERAP suit was initiated in line with the provisions of the  Freedom of Information Act, FoIA, 2011.

In its originating summons, the group prayed the court to declare that by virtue of the provisions of Section 4 (a) of the Freedom of Information Act 2011, the governor was under a binding legal obligation to provide it with up to date information on government/public spending relating to primary education in Oyo State including the total amount of the Universal Basic Education Commission, UBEC, intervention funds that have been accessed by Oyo State; and the total amount of the counterpart fund Oyo State Government has provided to the State Universal Basic Education Commission Programme in Oyo State since 2005 and the spending of the fund.

SERAP also prayed the court to grant an order directing the Governor to provide the Plaintiff with up to date information on government/public spending relating to primary education in Oyo State and also declare  that the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2011 are binding on the Governor and the Oyo State Government.

The suit number I/778/2011, was filed on behalf of SERAP by Mr. Tayo Oyetibo, SAN. The organization made similar requests to the governors of Enugu, Kaduna and Rivers states.

No date has been fixed for the matter.

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