I commend the call by stakeholders for the domestication of the Freedom of Information (FOI) Bill in Edo State. Transparency and accountability are the cornerstones of good governance, and the domestication of this bill is a crucial step towards fostering openness in our government.
The FOI Bill empowers citizens with the right to access information, thereby promoting a culture of transparency and accountability. As we move towards a more progressive Edo, it is imperative that we embrace measures that enhance the people’s ability to hold their leaders accountable.
If given the privilege to serve as the governor of Edo State, I will prioritize the domestication of the FOI Bill. This commitment is rooted in the belief that an informed citizenry is essential for the growth and development of any society. By providing access to information, we empower our citizens to actively participate in the governance process.
I will engage with relevant stakeholders, including civil society organizations and the legislative arm of the government, to ensure that the domestication process is thorough and aligns with the unique needs of our state. Together, we can build a more transparent and responsive government that works for the people.
In addition to domesticating the FOI Bill, my administration will explore other avenues to enhance transparency, such as leveraging technology to facilitate easy access to government information and encouraging regular public disclosures.
I appreciate the stakeholders who have advocated for this important initiative, and I look forward to collaborating with all relevant parties to make the domestication of the FOI Bill in Edo State a reality.
Let us work together to build a more accountable, transparent, and people-centric government that Edo State deserves.