FOI Counsel and Rural Development, Information and Legal Advocacy Centre (RUDILAC) launched the President’s Newsletter on 29th day of September 2022, John Odigie Oyegun Public Service Training Centre, Benin City, Edo State.
This is the first edition of the quarterly Newsletter which has the Chief Justice of Nigeria Hon. Justice Olukayode Ariwoola, JSC as the cover picture with the theme Open Justice is published to evaluate the current position of Nigerian law with regards to public access and review of court room proceedings. According to 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 advocate for the court to create an Access to Information Policy as a way of strengthening proactive disclosure.”
The newsletter carried stories like clamor for financial autonomy of the judiciary, ethnic dominance takes over appellate court and also dataset for open justice were amongst 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 represented by Hon. Justice Peter Akhikhiero, veteran civic actor Comrade Austin Osakue, former EDOCSO head 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.