The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project has sued Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State for his alleged failure to release to it information and documents relating to government’s spending on certain projects in the education sector for the past five years.
The group joined the state’s Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Ade Ipaye, as the second defendant in the suit, which was instituted before the Federal High Court, Lagos.
As part of its prayers, the group wants the court to compel the defendants to release to it information relating to how the government spent the $90m loan allegedly obtained from the World Bank to improve education in the state’s public secondary schools.
It also seeks an order of mandamus compelling the governor “to rescind the suspension of anyone including principals of any of the schools for blowing the whistle or allowing journalists to cover the decay infrastructure across primary and secondary schools in Lagos State.”
The plaintiff, through its counsel, Ms Oyindamola Musa, stated in the affidavit in support of the suit, that it resorted to filing the legal action following the refusal of the defendants to honour its letter dated December 1, 2013, requesting the information.
It asks the court to determine “Whether by virtue of the provision of section 4(a) of the Freedom of Information Act 2011, the 1st defendant (the governor) is under an obligation to provide the plaintiff with the information requested for?”