Lawyer writes DMO, Finance Ministry; demands Akwa Ibom debt profile

An Abuja-based lawyer, Okoi Obono-Obla, on Monday wrote to the Director-General, Debt Management Office, DMO, to demand access to information on Akwa Ibom government external and domestic debt profile.

A similar letter was equally sent to the Accountant General of the Federation to demand details of the revenue allocation from the Federation Accounts Allocation Committee, FAAC to the 31 Local Government Councils in the state between May 2007 and May 2015.

Mr. Obono-Obla said in the two letters that his firm was making the requests on behalf of his client, Inibehe Effiong, an indigene of the state, hinged on the provisions of Section 5(1) of the Freedom of Information, FOI, Act of 2011.

Mr. Effiong is a human rights activist and convener of the Coalition of Human Rights Defenders, an organisation committed to the agitation for responsive, accountable and transparent governance in Akwa Ibom state.

He said he was asking for access to the external and domestic debts of the state received between May 27, 2007 and May 27, 2015.

“We respectfully, at the instance of our client, apply for access to information concerning the allocation of revenue from the Federation Accounts to the 31 Local Government Area Councils in Akwa Ibom State of Nigeria from 27th May 2007 and 27th May, 2015.

Other requests include details of allocations from the Federation Account that stood in the credit of the 31 Local Government Area Councils of the state as well as details of allocations from the Excess Crude revenue funds to the credit of the 31 Local Government Councils of the state for the period May 27 and May 2015.

The lawyer also asked for details of the Excess Crude revenue funds to the state that stood to the credit of the 31 Local Government Areas of the state between May 27 and May 29, 2015.

He gave a seven-day ultimatum within which to respond to the request, warning that he would not hesitate to file an action in the Federal High Court for an order to compel the respective government agencies grant his client access to the requested information.


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