Kaduna state government has said it is not bound by law to give out information, based on the provisions of Freedom Of Information Act, FOIA, until the Act is adopted and domesticated by the State House of Assembly.
The State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Amina D. Sijuwade, disclosed this in a memo addressed to the coordinator of Legal Aid Council, LAC, Kaduna state zone.
In the memo obtained, LAC had on 20th January, 2017, written to the Commissioner for Justice intimating him of their several letters to Governor Nasir El-Rufai on behalf of their client, one Istifanus M. Auta, without any response.
But, in the memo dated 26th January, 2017, and signed by Baba Pate for AG, the commissioner stated that “With reference to the above subject, dated 19th January, 2017, I am directed to inform you that FOIA 2011 has not been domesticated in Kaduna.
“In view of the above, the state government is not bound by law to furnish you with any information based on FOIA until such time when the Act is adopted and domesticated by the state House of Assembly.”
State Coordinator of LAC, Barr. F. F. Ohwoavworhua, in a letter to the commissioner in January, 2017, stated that their client informed them of knowledge of several correspondences between Justice Ministry and the Governor, El-Rufai, in respect of the letter, and requested him to furnish them with the responses based on the FOIA.