Implement FOI Act, commission tells colleges of education
The National Commission for Colleges of Education on Thursday stressed the need for the implementation of the Freedom of Information Act in Federal Colleges of Education across the country.
According to the commission, this will help the proper dissemination of information among citizens while also curbing fake news and hate speech.
The PUNCH reports that the National Assembly on May 24, 2011, passed the Freedom of Information Act, which former President Goodluck Jonathan signed on May 28, 2011.
Speaking during a workshop designed for FOIA desk officers in Federal Colleges of Education in Abuja, the chairman, NCCE FOI Committee, Ameh Oche, said, “Information properly harvested, processed, and disseminated with understanding feedback remains the power of reasoning and imagination that reactivate development in our society.”
Speaking further on the non-implementation of the FOI Act by some colleges of education, Ameh said, “As part of our efforts to address this menace of non-implementation of the Act, we sought the expertise of seasoned resource persons who will take us through ways FOIA can be better implemented to make information in our institutions more accessible and ameliorate the challenges.
“One of the many benefits is to promote an acceptable image among all states of our teaching and learning institutions.”
Speaking on the objectives of the workshop which was designed for selected officers in all federal colleges of education, Ameh said, “These trained officers will train their individual Colleges of Education FOI committee staff which will create more awareness on the dictates of the FOI act across our colleges in preparation for visit from NCCE for evaluation and inauguration of the college committee”.
Also speaking at the event, the commission’s Executive Secretary, Prof Paulinus Okwelle, who was represented by the Director of Special Duties at the commission, Babatunde Lawrence, urged colleges of education across the country to ensure that websites are designed to accommodate necessary information that will aid members of the public who are in search of relevant information.