As campaigns for next month’s general election intensifies, Nigerians have been urged to take advantage of the Freedom of Information Act to engage those seeking public offices on their activities with a view to assisting the electorate make informed decisions.
The Director, National Orientation Agency in Imo State, Mr. Vitus Ekeocha gave the charge in Owerri during a Town Hall meeting aimed at promoting Transparency and accountability in governance.
He said no society could be said to be free or developed if the citizenry were denied access to information and participation in the activities of government.
Mr. Ekeocha whose address was read by a Deputy Director in the Agency, Mr. Innocent Iwuchukwu advised the people to get abreast with the electoral act and not to hesitate to engage the Independent National Electoral Commission on its activities to ensure free fair and credible elections.
An Executive Director of a nongovernmental Organization promoting citizens’ participation in governance Mr. Obidi Mgbemena called on civil society groups to step up campaigns for transparent leadership and exercise of freedom of information to hold leaders accountable.
The event was attended by civil society organizations, civil servants, the media and officials of the National Orientation Agency.