The Public and Private Development Centre (PPDC) on the 28th of September 2018, launched the 6th Freedom of Information (FOI) and Compliance Ranking at CBN International Training Institute, Maitama, Abuja.
These rankings, which commenced in 2013, and are unveiled annually on the 28th of September to commemorate the International Right To Know Day, are conducted to ascertain the compliance of public institutions to the FOI Act (2011) based on the disclosure of public finance expenditure information.
The program officer, Onyekachi Cbukwu, while unveiling this year’s rankings said, “PPDC ranked 187 public institutions and 11 security sector organisations. These MDAs are ranked based on; proactive disclosure; responsiveness to request for information and level of disclosure.
“For the first time ever, there was a tie for the first position as two public institutions topped the 2018 Ranking list and they are, Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission (ICRC) and Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) who proactively disclosed requested information on their portal. The ICRC also bagged a second award for their Public Private Partnership (PPP) disclosure portal.
He went on to say that, “For the security sector, out of the 11 institutions that were ranked, none of them had proactive disclosure and nine out of 11 were unresponsive. The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) came in first place with full disclosure and the Police Service Commission came in second place with partial disclosure.”
While speaking, the acting director general/CEO ICRC, Engr Chidi Izuwa, said, “ICRC is the agency of government that regulates public/private partnership endeavour of the federal government which refers to partnership between the government and private sector organisations to provide public services like roads, airports and the recently concessioned silos across country. All this eventually have positive impact on the Agricultural value chain, put more money into the hands of farmers and provide food security for the entire nation apart from producing much profit for the nation.”
One of the highlights of the event was the unveiling of the Open State Government Rankings, the aim of which is to encourage sub nationals to open up their systems to enable citizens’ participation in governance activities. Kaduna State, this year, topped the ranks because they signed up to the Open Government Partnership (OGP) and also have their budget and contract information uploaded on their state website.
Another notable highlight at the event, which was a panel discussion on the Role of Access to Information in Strengthening Good Governance, coordinated by Edwin Ikhuoria, emphasised how access to information could lead to better service delivery for citizens.
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