Members of the freedom of information vanguard, (FOI) a community development service (CDS) in Calabar under the NYSC scheme, saddled with the responsibility of educating and enlightening the public on the FOI Act, 2011 gathered on the 15th November, 2019 at the Cross River State Secretariat by 9am in sensitizing staff of the secretariat and indigenes of the state on the FOI Act, 2011 and the need for them to put it into use.

It is gainsaid that; for a better, progressive and healthy democracy, the freedom to make request and receive information must not be censored, mortgaged or manipulated. Therefore every citizen has a constitutional right to source for information from government institutions  (MDA’s) alongside a right to sue in a competent court of jurisdiction if his or her right to information is been denied because the freedom of information breeds transparency in the activities of government and in returns seeks to secure the rights of public servants.

In the event of the program, Members were divided into groups and asked to go into different offices for a quick spread of the message with avenue for every corps member present to participate....

The whole process was successful as the message was explicitly interpreted to the various audience. The reporting corps member gathered from the audience that the Act is a welcomed one and urged Nigerians to be greatly involved. Those who were unaware of how to go about applying for information were properly educated by the corps members.

The president of the CDS; Mr. David Godwin therefore applauded the supervisor, Mr. Ogban Ogban for his impactful contribution in sustaining the CDS and further appreciated all corps members present in the exercise.

To this end, he gave a closing remarks after a brief interview with Mr. RaphaelAlali, CEO; Naija Flash Point by urging every Nigerian not to relent in the pursuit of contributing their quota towards nation building and bringing corruption to its kneel, he avers; “it is in premise, we can have a better Nation with equal opportunity for all.” he concluded.

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