BY VICTORIA OJEME
ABUJA- The Swedish government is collaborating with the National Human Rights Commission, NHRC, to ensure effective implementation of the Freedom of Information Act.
The Freedom of Information Act (FoIA) was passed by the National Assembly in May after more than a decade of debate.
Speaking through its Embassy in Lagos, the Swedish government, in a newsletter, said though the implementation of the law would pose some challenges, it would give journalists and the general public far-reaching access to public information.
It noted that there was poor understanding among public officers of their responsibility to proactively make public information easily accessible, stressing that the law would address all these.
According to the Swedish government, a few people among the general public are aware of their new found rights.
“It is envisaged that the workshop will build partnerships, strengthen cross-institutional co-operation, facilitate sharing of best practices and identify critical areas of need for the effective implementation of the new FoI Act,” said the Swedish government.
As part of the collaborative efforts, the Swedish Embassy and NHRC are organising a workshop to educate the public and public servants on what was expected of them, with regards to the FoI Act.
Those expected to speak at the workshop are Nairobi-based Erik Esbjörnsson, correspondent for the daily Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter, Ene Enoche with the CSO Right2Know and Maxwell Kadiri from the Justice Initiative.
The workshop is slated to hold December 6, 2011.