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Information ministry, NBC, 91 others not complying with FOI act, says report

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A report by the Public and Private Development Center (PPDC) has revealed that the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture, the National Broadcasting Commission and 91 others are non-compliant with the release of procurement related information as stipulated in the Freedom of Information Act.

The Federal Ministry of Information and culture, Communication, Education, Environment, National Television Authority (NTA), National Broadcasting Commission, office of the Accountant General of the federation among others were all ranked 75th position.

Others include Federal Ministry of Water Resources, Agriculture and Rural Development, Foreign Affairs, Office of the Auditor General of the Federation, National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO).

The Bureau of Public Service Reforms (BPSR) was ranked first in the compliance with the act as they were pro-active in the disclosure of their procurement information, responsive to request for information and also fully disclosed the information.

The Nigeria Extractives Industry Transparency Initiative (NEITI) also bagged an award for their exemplary commitment to fostering transparency and accountability in the extractives industry while the National Agency for the Control of Aids (NACA) was recognized for their commitment to implementing the Open Contracting Data Standards (OCDS) as this would pioneer contract transparency in the health sector.

The Chief Executive Officer PPDC, Seember Nyager, at the launch of 2017 edition of the FOI Compliance Ranking yesterday in Abuja said the rankings was carried out based on an assessment of levels of access to information related to procurement plans, processes and capital expenditure by 166 public institutions.

She lamented that the security agencies ranked poorly in the rating as a result of their continuous denial of access to procurement related information.


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