The Oyo State Government said it will not be compelled to domesticate the Freedom of Information Act.
The Accord Party in Oyo State has lashed out at the state government over its refusal to domesticate the Freedom of Information, FOI, Act as passed by the National Assembly and assented to by President Goodluck Jonathan.
The law provides for public access to government records. The state’s Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Ojo Adebayo, had, in a recent interview with the News Agency of Nigeria said the state would not be compelled into enforcing the content of the Act since it was placed under the concurrent list of the federation law.
“Being an item on the concurrent list, both of us (federal and states) are free to either legislate on it or not. The law is, therefore, made
for the Federal Government and its agencies all over the country and it is not applicable to us in Oyo State,” Mr. Adebayo had said.
The commissioner was reacting to the comments made by the proprietor of West Midland Communications, Operators of Splash FM radio, Adebayo Akande, during a lecture last week, where he expressed concern that out of the 36 state governors in the country, only Ekiti and Lagos States had domesticated the Act.
The Accord Party, in a statement from its media director, Dotun Oyelade, said states are legal and morally bound to domesticate the law.
The party said Oyo State is “morally and legally bound to domesticate the Act because professional journalists and genuine lovers of
democracy who fought for years for the Act to materialise did not discriminate on which section of the country the Act will apply.”
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