JTF Lawyer Aigbokhan Wins Prestigious NYCN Public Interest Counsel Award – The Sun Nigeria

From Ighomuaye Lucky, Benin

The Chairman of the National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN), Mr. Solomon Adodo has honored Freedom of Information (FOI) Advocate, President Aigbokhan with a Public Interest Lawyer Award for its role in defending the course of ordinary citizens of the country.

Presenting him with the award, he described Aigbokhan as a fearless advocate who stood up for the courts of ordinary Nigerians whose rights and freedoms were trampled on.

Adodo said Nigeria needed people like him who would always stand up for the course of the voiceless in society.

He pointed out that the award given to him (Aigbokhan) was well deserved because NYCN as a body, carefully tracked his background and came to the conclusion that he deserved the prestigious Lawyer of Interest award. audience.

“He is Co-Chair on Access to Information of the Edo State Open Government Partnership (OGP), Member of the African Network of Constitutional Lawyers (ANCL), Consultant, Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth , Nigeria, Member of Freedom of Information Network (Global) and Freedom of Information Coalition, Nigeria.

“It has broadened the scope of citizen access to public institutions and public participation in governance.

“He was leading a team of lawyers who enrolled detainees in voting courts in Nigeria.

“He was the first lawyer to enforce the Freedom of Information Act 2011 in court.

“He sued the Edo State Oil and Gas Producing Areas Development Commission (EDSOPADEC) for disclosing the details of the contract for the construction of the police stations.

“Also sued the Edo State Assembly for non-disclosure of the Committees Report on the House Work Plan and its Quarterly Supervision Report on the World Bank Loan to the State Government of Edo State. ‘Edo in 2014.

“He sued the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) for expenses of the Commission between 2012 and 2014.

“This case has transformed the right to information from a statutory right to a fundamental right and made the right to information a full human right in Nigeria,” he said.

In response, President Aigbokhan thanked NYCN for bestowing the award on him.

He said he never knew Nigerians saw and noticed his small contributions to society just as he said the award would inspire him to do more for the common man in society.

Jon J. Epps