Request for the list and identities of members of president Jonathan’s delegation to 68th United Nations General Assembly

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Sep 24th, 2013
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By Olanrewaju Suraju
Civil Society Network Against Corruption (CSNAC) is a coalition of over hundred and fifty Anti- corruption organizations whose primary aim is to constructively combat corruption vigorously and to ensure the effective monitoring of the various Anti-graft agencies in its activities in the fight against corruption and to enthrone transparency, accountability, probity, and total commitment in the fight to eradicate corruption in Nigeria. See below -

The Supervising Minister

Ministry of Foreign Affairs,

Federal Republic of Nigeria,

Abuja

Dear Sir;

REQUEST FOR THE LIST AND IDENTITIES OF MEMBERS OF PRESIDENT JONATHAN’s DELEGATION TO 68th UNITED NATIONS GENERAL ASSEMBLY

Civil Society Network Against Corruption (CSNAC) is a coalition of over hundred and fifty Anti- corruption organizations whose primary aim is to constructively combat corruption vigorously and to ensure the effective monitoring of the various Anti-graft agencies in its activities in the fight against corruption and to enthrone transparency, accountability, probity, and total commitment in the fight to eradicate corruption in Nigeria.

We refer to the September 22nd 2013 publication of Saharareporters, an online newspaper, which reported an alleged burgeoning 600-man delegation of President Goodluck Jonathan to the ongoing 5-day United Nations General Assembly Session in New York, United States of America. In another report, on the elombah.com, the trip was alleged to cost an estimated N6 billion (Six billion Naira) of tax payers money.

In a statement issued by the Special Adviser to President Jonathan on Media and Publicity, Dr. reuben Abati, this morning, the 600-man allegation was debunked and online newspapers disparaged the online medium as anti-government. The statement further put the delegation at 30-persons official delegate revealing a scanty identities of few members of the President’s delegation while it acknowledged the presence of some private Nigerians whose visit to the US coincides with that of the president and his delegations. Nigeria is reputed as the country with highest population of out-of-school children; one of the few countries with little chances of meeting the Millennium Development Goals; and heavily dependent on donor funds in the provision of basic necessities of life for its citizens.

To sustain the credibility of this government among Nigerians and in the comity of nations, a more robust and convincing response is expected from the government in situation such as this, borrowing from similar huge government delegations to past international gatherings.

It is for this all-important credibility that we hereby request your ministry to make available to us the list of official members of the delegation and the actual cost of this trip by virtue of sec 2,3, and 4 of the Freedom Of Information(FOI) Act.

We would appreciate if this is made available to us within one week from the receipt of this letter.

Thank you for your understanding and anticipated response.

Yours faithfully,

Olanrewaju Suraju

Chairman

Civil Society Network Against Corruption < csnacorruption@gmail.com>

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