Elites Network for Sustainable Development (ENetSuD), a Kwara-based Civil Society Organization, has sent a second letter to the Executive Governor of Kwara State, Alhaji Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq, urging him to assent to the Kwara State Freedom of Information (FOI) Bill 2019 transmitted to him by the Kwara State House of Assembly (KWHA) on 20th June, 2019. It will be recalled that ENetSuD in collaboration with 27 other NGOs and media organizations in Kwara State had earlier written the Governor on 3rd June, 2019 for the same purpose, in addition to previous call by ENetSuD (https://enetsud.org/2019/05/31/assent-to-foi-law-when-transmitted-to-you-enetsud-urges-abdulrahman/).
In the Second letter jointly signed by its Coordinator (Dr. Alagbonsi Abdullateef) and General Secretary (Mr. Usman Baba Mahmud), and submitted at Government House on 11th July, 2019, ENetSuD explained to the Governor that the FOI Bill 2019 is all about constructive criticism which is one of the characteristics of representative government and democracy; the sponsorship of the Bill by ENetSuD has no sinister intention; it is only aimed at achieving an open society where all the people of Kwara state, irrespective of tribe and clan, shall be represented according to their consent.
Lobbying the Governor further, ENetSuD clarified that it never wanted the government to fail and thus urges the current government to be accountable to citizens. The statement reads: “it is never our wish that this government should fail! It is our collective government! It is a government we believe in! We want it opened as you have preached! We want it to be a government of accountability. We want it to be a government that will reflect the true yearnings and aspiration of the people that enthroned it. However, all the aforementioned ideals and values cannot be secured without the assent to the FOI Bill 2019 by your exalted office”.
ENetSuD also reiterated its readiness for partnership and unalloyed support towards the success of the government in providing good governance, openness and accountability to the citizens. While commending the 8th KWHA for passing the novel bill, ENetSuD added that assent to the bill by H.E. Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq shall write his name indelibly in Kwarans’ political thought and consciousness and make a good political history.
Finally, ENetSuD reminded Alhaji Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq that the 30-day constitutional time-frame stipulated for Governor’s assent is fast approaching, and thus urged him to give his assent to the bill as transmitted to him by KWHA.