Project Title: Building the Capacity of Community-based Groups for the Effective Use of Freedom of Information Act in Nigeria.

A Project funded by United Nations Democracy Fund UNDEF

Freedom of Information Audio resources in major Nigerian languages broadcasted in local radio stations across the country. Please take a listen. 

Freedom of Information Street Law Teacher Training for Clinical Law Teachers, Abuja (May 30-31, 2014)

The project aims to build the capacity of community based groups to effectively use the Freedom of Information (FoI) Act in accessing public records through freedom of information community outreaches to 26 communities in 13 local government councils across Nigeria. 26 law professors and 650 Nigerian law students at 13 law clinics will be trained on Freedom of Information streetlaw programmes to educate and provide support to 10,400 community members/groups to use the Freedom of Information Act. Support to requests for information and community participation exercises will be carried out.

The main project activities include:

  1. Develop an FoI streetlaw educators’ manual from field experience and project resources to ensure sustainability and project replication- See Draft Street Law Freedom of Information Manual
  2. Training law teachers on FoI Streetlaw programme –Download Report
  3. Trained law teachers train law students to develop streetlaw lessons and appropriate methodology for community outreaches
  4. Develop educational and communication materials on FOI to be used during community outreaches
  5. Trained law students educate target communities on FoI through community outreaches
  6. Law clinics set-up FoI units to provide support to community members/groups on access to information needs
  7. Law clinics conduct practical projects to support community members’ access to/request for information of their needs 
  8. The review of the law clinics’ activities in assisting communities’ use of the FoI Act by NULAI.

Implementation of FoI Act is at infancy both at institutional and civil society levels. However, NULAI commenced an FoI project for law clinics in May 2012 by organizing a one day FoI workshop to discuss what roles law clinics can play in promoting the implementation of the law. The workshop resolved the need for law clinics to mainstream the utilization of FoI into law clinics’ programme. Consequently after broad consultations, a template guide on approaches to achieve this was developed. Engaging local communities as end-users and drivers to use the law was highlighted in the template as key role law clinics can play and this project is built on that.

Beneficiaries and geographic scope: 
Primary beneficiaries include about 10,400 community members (an average of 400 per community) including men, women and youth groups in 26 communities located at these local councils from the western, northern, eastern and southern regions of Nigeria as follows:

Northern Region:

  1. Old Kutunku and Passo communities, Gwagwalada Local Government Area, FCT Abuja; 
  2. Keffi and Angwa communities, Keffi Local Government Area, Nasarawa State; 
  3. Samaru and Tudun Wada communities, Zaria Local Government Area, Kaduna State; 
  4. Yola and Wuro Chekke communities, Yola South Local Government Area, Adamawa State;

Eastern Region

  1. Uturu and Ovim communities, Isuikwuato Local Government Area, Abia State; 
  2. Abakiliki and Onueke communities, Abakiliki Local Government Area, Ebonyi State; 
  3. Agbani and Akpugo communities, Nkanu West Local Government Area, Enugu State;

Western Region:

  1. Igbaraoke and Ifon communities, Ifedore and Ose Local Government Areas, Ondo State, 
  2. Idi-Omo and Idi-Ose communities, Akinyele Local Government Area, Oyo State;
  3. Mamu and Awa communities, Ijebu North Local Government Area, Ogun State;
  4. Popo Igbona and Pakata communities, Ilorin West Local Government Area, Kwara State;

Southern Region:

  1. Ekpoma and Irrua communities, Esan Central and Esan West Local Government Areas, Edo State; 
  2. Uyo and Itu communities, Uyo Local Government Area, Akwa Ibom State;