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NUJ cautions A’lbom’s MDAs against flouting of FOI Act

From INI FRIDAY, Uyo

Citing illegality, the Akwa Ibom State Council of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ), has faulted the consistent flouting of the provisions of the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act by Ministries, Departments and Agencies in the state.

The union has threatened to institute a legal action against MDAs if they persist in the practice.

In a statement issued at the end of its September Congress, and signed by the Congress Drafting Committee headed by the NUJ Chairman, Amos Etuk, at the weekend in Uyo, the union said MDAs have consistently refused to provide journalists with certain information they request.

The congress also backed members of the House of Representatives from the state for opposing the reintroduction of the National Water Resources Bill and called for the sustained resistance and extinction of the bill.

The NUJ further urged that remedial work on the collapsed portion of Information Drive by Ring Road 2, should resume, and called the State Government to intensify work in erosion threatened areas situated in and around Uyo.

The statement added:”Congress notes the consistent refusal of MDAs in Akwa Ibom State to provide certain information requested by journalists, thereby flouting the provisions of the Freedom of Information (FOI)Act, and called on the MDAs to do the needful to avoid a resort to legal action to get the required information’’

“Congress commended members of the House of Representatives from Akwa Ibom State for joining forces with some of their colleagues to resist the position held by a lawmaker from Katsina State that the obnoxious National Water Resources Bill had been passed by the House and should not be reintroduced as a fresh Bill and urged them to sustain the resistance among the lawmakers opposed to the Bill and kill it at the commencement stage since the process for ts enactment has started again.

“Congress notes the deplorable state of Information Drive by Ring Road 2, Uyo which construction work has since stopped and called for remedial work on the collapsed portion of the road for ease of movement.

“Congress urges the State Government to step up remedial work in erosion- threatened areas within and outside the capital city.

Congress called on relevant agencies of government to regulate dredging activities in the State as a section of Afaha Ikot Ossom in Ibesikpo Asutan Local Government Area, is threatened by sand excavation,” the statement added.

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