FOI Counsel and Rural Development, Information and Legal Advocacy Centre (RUDILAC) have launched the President’s Newsletter. The event took place on 29th day of September 2022 at John Odigie Oyegun Public Service Training Centre, Benin City.

This first edition of the quarterly Newsletter has the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Hon. Justice Olukayode Ariwoola on its cover with the theme “Open Justice.” The edition evaluates the current position of Nigerian law with regards to public access and review of court room proceedings.

According to Mr. President Aigbokhan, the Editor-in-Chief, “This edition of the newsletter is to re-focus public participation in the judicial process and interrogate the link between ICT and the justice sector. This edition of the newsletter advocates for the court to create an Access to Information Policy as a way of strengthening proactive disclosure”.

The newsletter highlights stories like clamour for financial autonomy of the judiciary, ethnic dominance at appellate courts and dataset for open justice among others.

Some of the contributors include Hon. Justice Eseohe Ikpomwen (former Chief Judge of Edo State), Joseph Otteh of Access 2 Justice, Abbas Inuwa of transparenceIT and John Osawe.

Some of the dignitaries present at the launch include the Chief Judge of Edo Hon, Justice Joe Acha who was represented by Hon. Justice Peter Akhikhiero; veteran civic actor Comrade Austin Osakue; former EDOCSO helmsman, Com. Omobude Agho; Dr. Uyi Ojo of Environmental Rights Action (ERA); Prof. Carl Oshodin of Africa Industrialization Group; Mrs. Imuwaghen of John Odigie Oyegun Public Service Training Centre, and the Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Communication, Mr. Solomon Imohiosen.

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