Court dashes CSO’s hopes to access EDSOGPADEC budget

Court dashes CSO’s hopes to access EDSOGPADEC budget

BENIN CITY – Edo State High court has foreclosed the rights of Edo Civil society Organizations (EDOCSO’s) to access the budget expenditure and awarded contracts by Edo State Oil and Gas Producing Areas Development Commission (EDSOPADEC) as well as details of projects  undertaken by contractors.  Delivering his judgement in suit No. B/13/05/18-Edo State Civil Society

BENIN CITY – Edo State High court has foreclosed the rights of Edo Civil society Organizations (EDOCSO’s) to access the budget expenditure and awarded contracts by Edo State Oil and Gas Producing Areas Development Commission (EDSOPADEC) as well as details of projects  undertaken by contractors. 

Delivering his judgement in suit No. B/13/05/18-Edo State Civil Society Organization, and 3 others versus EDSOGPADEC, Justice Emmanuel Aihamojie, held that the FOI act upon which they (EDOCSO’s) are relying “is not applicable to the State and cannot be enforced” because it is yet to be domesticated by the State.

Justice Aihamojie, also awarded the sum of N30,000 as damages in favour of the respondent, EDSOPADEC.

His verdict, followed an application by Counsel to the applicant (EDOCSO’s), President Agbonkhan to EDSOPADEC, requesting for its budget breakdown, names of contractors, how much was disbursed for contracts including the constructions of security posts, but not limited projects that were awarded by the Commission since 2015 till date as well as explanations for the alleged projects.

The projects listed in the petition are Police stations/posts allegedly abandoned at Ugbekun Community, Upper Sokponba Road in Ikpoba-Okha Local Government Area.

Others are police post at Ugbine Village, Upper Ekehuan Village in Ovia North East Local Government Area, Police post at Urhomehe, Evbo’arhue and Abe Communities both in Orhionmwon Local Government Area of the State.

Counsel to the petitioner, President Aigbokhan had drawn the attention of the to EDOCSO’s letter received by the EDSOPADEC, non disclosure of the amount that was disbursed, the contractors who received the money and who failed to build the police posts.

He said consequently the Complainants, approached Edo State High Court to enforce the rights of the applicants to these records under the federal information act.

But the State government, raised an objection to the applicability of the federal information act to State records which is already a condition precedent at the Supreme court.

Counsel to the right group, President Agbokhan who was present in court when the judgment was delivered, vowed to appeal the judgment.

admin
ADMINISTRATOR
PROFILE

Posts Carousel

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *

Latest Posts

Top Authors

Most Commented

Featured Videos

get_footer(); ?>