By Taiye Agbaje, Abuja.
Three civil society organisations (CSOs) have dragged the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) to court over alleged failure to furnish them with the breakdown of its 2020 Budget, in line with the provisions of the Freedom of Information (FoI) Act.
The CSOs — Foundation for Environmental Rights, Advocacy & Development (FENRAD), Social Development Integrated Centre (Social Action) and Abia State NDDC Advocacy groups — filed the suit at the Federal High Court (FHC), Umuahia in Abia.
The Executive Director of FENRAD, Mr Nelson Nwafor, disclosed this in a statement, which he signed and made available to journalists on Monday in Abuja.
He said thtt in the suit marked: FHC/UMU/CS/349/2022, dated Dec. 22 and filed by their lawyer, J.C.Anyigor, the CSOs were praying the court to compel the NDDC to make available details of its 2020 Budget and its procurements within the period to them, in compliance with FoI Act.
He said that the groups wanted the commission to provide details of the vendors used in the procurement process, details of the bidding process, details of the contractors who executed the projects, details of the executed projects/locations of the projects, as well as the process of the disbursement to the contractors.
The suit, which was filed via a motion ex-parte, was brought in pursuant to Order 34, Rules 3(1) & (2) of the Federal High Court (Civil Procedure) Rules 2019 and under the inherent jurisdiction of the honorable court for Judicial Review.
They said the request was made in compliance with the provisions of the FOI Act, which gave citizens, groups the right to request information from government institutions, individuals and corporate organisations.