House Of Reps Challenges Journalists On FOIA

The House of Representatives on Tuesday challenged  Journalists  to  utilize the freedom of information act (FOIA) to improve on investigative reportage so as to support good governance and accountability.

Chairman house committee on Internally Displaced persons (IDPs) Malam Sani Zorro made the charged during a lecture series on investigative Journalism as tools for fighting corruption in Nigeria organized by Faculty of Communication, Bayero University Kano.

Malam Sani Zorro, a former national president of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) who expressed disappointment on Media professionals not using the FOIA to investigate wrong doings of those in authorities urged Journalists to embark on solution journalism as a measure to eradicate corruption and entrench rule of law.

“Its sad that as a member of FOIA committee in 2017, it was discovered that Nigeria with over 500 MDAs , not more than 100 requests for information were made under the FOIA”

“Most Journalists don’t read which form part of the problem of the profession”

On his part, the convener of the lecture series and former Dean Faculty of Communication Bayero University Kano Professor Umar Pate said it is imperative to train students on the role of investigative journalism in the society so as to improve the practice.

The University Vice Chancellor Professor Muhammad Yahuza Bello represented by Chief Librarian of the University Dr. Musa Danladi Auyo said the institution is working towards acquiring television station license on the campus to enhance information dissemination and improve practical teaching of Mass Communication

The 3rd quarterly lecture series sponsored by MacArthur Foundation had the Guardian Newspapers Managing Editor Martins Oloja and Prof. MD Musa of UAE University Al Ain , Abu Dhabi as Guest Speakers