The Delta State House of Assembly on Thursday passed the state’s Freedom of Information Bill.

The Bill’s passage followed the consideration of the report of the Joint House Committee on the bill titled Delta State Freedom of Information Bill following a motion moved by majority leader Tim Owhefere.

The bill is meant to protect public records and information to the extent that is consistent with public interest and the protection of personal privacy; protect serving public officers from adverse consequences of disclosing certain kinds of official information without authorisation and establish procedures for the achievement of these purposes and related matters.

Speaking after the passage of the bill, Oborevwori said it would enhance the principle of democracy, adding that the people will now have unhindered access to information.

Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, however, advocated the need for security agencies to go after those who spread deceitful stories to lure innocent Nigerians into irregular migration and human trafficking.

He said; “We are disturbed with the number of persons involved in irregular migration. Most of them travel oversee because they have been told stories how rosy it is out there, and in most cases, these persons find themselves in countries where their economies are not better than that of Nigeria.

“Security agencies should look out for those who are carrying out deceitful messages; they may be operating as cartels. When they stop deceiving people, irregular migration will reduce.

“As a state government, we will carry out enlightenment campaigns, because, if you do not take enough time to get our people properly informed, they will enter wrong hands.

“We have a lot of youth engagement programmes, training and empowering our youths, but, it is unfortunate that the number of people who seek greener pastures abroad is still high. We want to appreciate you, NAPTIP, for what you are doing. We assure you of our cooperation for irregular migration to be reduced,” he added.

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