The International Centre for Investigative Reporting, ICIR, is partnering with Right To Know, R2K and the Forum of African Investigative Reporters, FAIR, to organize a training program for journalists in Northern Nigeria on the use of the Freedom of Information Act. Organised with the support of the Open Society Initiative for West Africa, OSIWA, the two day training workshop is aimed at creating awareness on the principles of the FOIA and public access to information held in the custody of public institutions.
The workshop is also aimed at equipping journalists with knowledge on practical application of the FOIA in reporting news and empowering the media to utilize the provisions of the FOIA. The programme scheduled for Tuesday, April 10 to Thursday, April 12 brings together over 40 journalists from several states in Northern Nigeria. It holds at the Asaa Pyramid Hotel, Kaduna. Depending on funding support, similar training workshops on FOIA are planned for Abuja, Lagos and Port Harcourt in future.