The adoption of a freedom of information law in nigeria is now in its 11th year and there is no indication that this will be achieved anytime soon a variety of reasons have been advanced for the slow pace of adoption of freedom of. The freedom of information act (foia) (5usca § 552 et seq) provides for the disclosure of information held by administrative agencies to the public, unless the documents requested fall into one of the specific exemptions set forth in the statute foia was implemented to prevent federal. That access to information would enhance the development of any nation and stressed that there was therefore a pressing need for a freedom of information act in nigeria and that the law would be of great benefit to all sectors of the society.
Its passage made nigeria the second country in west africa, after liberia, to adopt a comprehensive right to information law until the passage of the law, access to official information remained restricted by provisions in the 1962 official secrets act and the criminal code, which creates various press and speech offenses, including sedition. The two-day national conference on the theme freedom of information act 2011 and the fight against corruption and corporate fraud in governance, organized at abuja, was the institute's way of lending its voice to the federal government's fight against corruption and corporate fraud using the foi act as a point of reference. Country to pass the freedom of information act (foia) presently over 90 countries including nigeria now has a foi law in operation (abdulai, 2009: okpeh, 2010. Blog posts represent the views of cfr fellows and staff and not those of cfr, which takes no institutional positions nigerian president goodluck jonathan waves to the crowd during his.
If you would like to make a freedom of information request from any public institution in nigeria, you may use the template which we at lawpàdí created - foi request template if you would like to know more about the provisions of the act, you may review the act here - freedom of information act 2011. Nigeria's new freedom of information act (foia), which was signed into law by president goodluck jonathan on the 28 may 2011, contains far reaching provisions capable of transforming the clandestine system of governance that has, until now, been the norm of nigeria's public institutions. Intended as a boon for journalism in africa's most populous country, nigeria's freedom of information act took more than a decade to implement when it was finally passed in 2011, it established the right to access or request information from a public official, agency, or institution those. Two years after the enactment of freedom of information act (foi act) in nigeria, scholars have often asked whether the foi act marked a departure from the secrecy usually associated with public information and how the passage of the age-long freedom of information bill (fib) has affected press freedom in nigeria. On may 28, 2011, nigeria's president goodluck jonathan signed into law a freedom of information (foi) act, heralding the conclusion of arguably the most exciting legislative odyssey in postcolonial nigeria.
The freedom of information act entitles the following exemptions on documents being requested by the public: those documents properly classified as secret in the interest of national defense or foreign policy. The freedom of information act has been said to be right, that enables members of the nigerian public to have access to information held by government bodies, because. The efforts to ensure the enactment of a freedom of information law in nigeria continued throughout the year 2003 media rights agenda has been the driving force behind the energetic campaign for the enactment of a freedom of information act by nigeria's national assembly.
Editorial - there has been euphoric response, especially among media practitioners, to news that the freedom of information bill (foi) had been signed into law by president goodluck jonathan. The nigeria's freedom of information act was a long awaited bill which was finally signed into law in 2011, thus putting an end to the era of secrecy in the act of. Nigeria's freedom of information bill and national development jonathan chima ogugua the idea of a freedom of information law for nigeria.
Nigeria freedom of information act 2011 and it's implication for records and office security management ayuba a aminu1, yahaya y malgwi2, bulama kagu3 and ibrahim danjuma4. The law of freedom of information in nigeria felicia kemi segun adepetun caxton-martins agbor & segun, lagos [email protected] on 28 may, 2011, nigeria's president goodluck jonathan signed into law the freedom of information. The foia by its long title, is 'an act to make public records and information more freely available, provides for public access to public records and information, protect public records and information to the extent consistent with the public interest and the protection of personal privacy, protect serving public officers from adverse. Nigeria has no law which guarantees citizens access to public records and information on the contrary, many nigerian laws have secrecy clauses prohibiting the disclosure of information eg the official secret act, the criminal code, the penal code, etc.
Nigeria foi was enacted in 2011, foi is an act to make public records and information more freely available, provide for public access to public records and information, protect public records and information to the extent consistent with the public interest and the protection of personal privacy, protect serving public officers from adverse. On may 31, 2011, nigeria's newly-elected president goodluck johnathan's lifted the dark curtain of secrecy that had shrouded nigerian politics for decades by signing a freedom of information act (foia) nigerians now have the legal right to demand open government, political accountability and transparency. This study appraises the freedom of information act in nigeria the study made use of qualitative research method the researcher consulted secondary sources such as books, journals, and magazines for the collection of data the study reveals that in nigeria, freedom of information act contains more. Home law your right to freedom of information in nigeria your right to freedom of information in nigeria which has a mass media and freedom of information act.