OrderPaperToday – The Deputy Governorship candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) for the 2019 elections in Imo State, Gerald Alphonsus Irona has promised that Imo State will implement the Freedom of Information Act (2011), if the PDP is elected in 2019.

Irona made the pledge at his home town, Oguta, last weekend, during an interactive forum with media practitioners in the state. He also pledged that that the media will play an active role in the governance of the state if the PDP gets the people’s mandate next year.

“To have good governance, there is need for participatory media. For transparency and accountability to exist, there must be freedom of Information. We have a deliberate policy in our manifesto to adopt the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act in Imo, in order to have transparency in governance. We will forward an Executive Bill to the Imo State House of Assembly to pass into law, the FOI Act, to enable us have a law that will empower citizens to access government held information in order to hold the government accountable.

“It is our opinion that for there to be accountability in governance, there must also be due process. To that effect, we will ensure that the Public Procurement Act, as passed by the National Assembly and assented to by the President, is replicated here in Imo,” Irona said.

Speaking further he revealed that the PDP Governorship candidate, Emeka Ihedioha, will implement the manifesto of the party which is focused on good governance, rule of law, qualitative education at all levels, tourism, agriculture, health and infrastructural development.

Earlier, the former Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party in the State, Damian Ezeagu in his speech described the Ihedioha/Irona ticket as one of the best things that has happened to Imo State.

Ezeagu stated that “the Ihedioha/Irona ticket was consummated in heaven, to manifest at this critical point when Imo is in dire need of being delivered from the wreck done by an inept government”

Also speaking, Imo State Organising Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, R.O. Udensi called on Imo citizens to rise to the challenge of rebuilding the state, even as he described the PDP as the party with capacity and the most competent candidates to rescue the state.

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Damilola is a multiple award-winning Writer, Researcher, and Community/Sustainable Development Practitioner. His interests and experience span across media, academics, human capital development, and strategic planning. Damilola is the first Nigerian in history to win the blog4dev writing contest organised by the World Bank. Also, his writing on violent extremism and sustainable peace in Nigeria won a PeaceWriteNow prize, presented by the Embassy of Ireland in June, 2018. His works have been published in Nigeria and the United States of America, in English and in French. Damilola has also attended important meetings within and outside the African continent including the 2019 Spring Meetings of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund in Washington D.C, USA. He was also a special guest on a panel discussion titled “How creative industry can help to stem fragility,” which was held at the headquarters of the World Bank in Washington, D.C, USA. Furthermore, Damilola was selected as a Champion of Advocacy against extreme poverty and preventable diseases by ONE Campaign in May, 2019. An alumnus of the prestigious Lagos Business School and Federal University of Technology Akure, Damilola Adeniran represents Nigeria in the Youth Transforming Africa Program.

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