By Felix Khanoba
The National Business and Technical Examinations Board (NABTEB) has expressed its readiness to comply with the nation’s Freedom of Information (FOI) Act.
Chairman of the Governing Board of NABTEB, Prof. Leonard Karshima Shilgba, stated this while reacting to the conferment of ‘Hall of Shame’ Award on the examination body by Media Rights Agenda (MRA) over alleged violation of obligations under FOI Act.
Prof. Shilgba said the Board has directed the Registrar/Chief Executive of NABTEB to always make requested information available to concerned individual or group(s).
A statement made available to newsmen and signed by Tom Chiahemen, Media, Publicity and Marketing officer of NABTEB, quoted the Board chairman as saying that a mechanism has been put in place to ensure that no act of corruption is cordoned in the organisation.
“In the new spirit of transparency and accountability, which the Buhari’s government embraces, the new (9th) Governing Board of NABTEB has instituted a Whistle-blower policy, which was announced by the Chairman on Thursday, April 26, 2018, during the maiden working visit by the Governing Board at National Headquarters of NABTEB at Benin City,” he said.
It would be recalled that MRA had in the statement issued in Lagos by its Legal Officer, Ms. Morisola Alaba, named NABTEB as the recipient of the “Freedom of Information (FOI) Hall of Shame” award, accusing the examinations body of consistently violating its obligations under the FOI Act while also denying citizens the right to obtain information from it.
According to the group, information published by the Public and Private Development Centre (PPDC), an Abuja-based non-governmental organisation, indicates that NABTEB has not been responsive to requests for information.