Does the Freedom of Information Act apply in Nigeria, particularly with respect to gender budgeting and accountability? - Relatório do Evento

Saturday 6 March 2021
Enugu State, Nigeria (Europe, Middle East & Africa)
Equity Watch Initiative

No sábado, 6 de Março de 2021, o décimo primeiro Dia dos Dados Abertos foi realizado por pessoas de todo o mundo através da organização de centenas de eventos para celebrar, promover e disseminar o uso de dados abertos. Graças aos generosos suportes, a Open Knowledge Foundation foi capaz de apoiar a realização de mais de 60 destes eventos através nosso esquema de minibolsas.

Este evento recebeu uma minibolsa da Open Knowledge Foundation graças ao suporte de Microsoft.

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Como seu evento celebrou os Dados Abertos?

Our Open Data Day event centered on the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) which is a law in Nigeria that stipulates that the people have the right to access classified information from the government provided it does not endanger security of lives and properties. 

Our focus was specifically on gender budgeting with respect to the issues of accountability and transparency. We engaged 15 civil society organisations including the Executive Director of Widows Lifeline, the wife of the first president of Nigeria (Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe) Prof. Uche Azikiwe and five members of our own organisation in the event. 

Though this law which is rooted in other international laws, you find that implementation remains a problem. The event was marked by a presentation from the ED of Equity Watch Initiative, Dr. Chiemezie Atama, which was followed by an interactive session, then questions and answers. The presentation focused on what FOIA is all about, states where it has been domesticated, FOIA as an advocacy tool, how it relates to the issues of accountability and transparency, gender budgeting and implementation, monitoring and follow up mechanisms as well as the the role of CSOs. It was a clarion call for all CSOs in Nsukka to follow up and monitor gender budgeting and implementation to ensure accountability and good governance.

Lições aprendidas no evento:

At the end of the programme, the participants were asked to state what they learnt and this is a summary of their responses:

  1. Clear explanations of what FOIA is all about.
  2. How we can leverage FOIA to ensure transparency and accountability in governance.
  3. The fact that only few states have domesticated FOIA in Nigeria despite its potential for transformational governance.
  4. The role of CSOs in ensuring transparency and good governance.
  5. Engagement process to ensure good governance.
  6. The need to continue to advocate for open data.
  7. Gender budgeting and the need for follow up to ensure proper implementation.

Porque você ama o Dia dos Dados Abertos?

Because it is about creating awareness on the importance of making data open to the public. This for me encourages accountability and transparency.

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