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News about Developments on Freedom of Information


Deputy British High Commissioner Urges CSOs, Nigerians to Use FOI Act

 

KADUNA, Friday, 27 January 2012:  The Deputy British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr. Giles Lever, yesterday in Kaduna called on civil society organizations and ordinary Nigerians to take advantage of the Freedom of Information Act to demand accountability from their government.  Details .....


IFEX members hounoured with pan-African award for freedom of information campaigns


IFEX congratulates Edetaen Ojo and Malcolm Joseph, the leaders of IFEX member groups in Nigeria and Liberia, for winning Africa's first awards for activism on access to information. The awards were handed out at the inaugural Pan African Conference on Access to Information, held in Cape Town, South Africa, this week, which was attended by numerous IFEX members involved in campaigning on the issue.  Details .....


Conference Adopts African Platform on Access to Information

 

CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA, MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2011:  Freedom of Information stakeholders in Africa, supported by their international counterparts, today in Cape Town, South Africa, adopted a landmark Declaration with a call to the United Nations General Assembly to proclaim September 28 “International Right to Information Day”.   Details .....


“It is inappropriate for a government to put a cost on access to information"  

- Suzanne Legault, the Canadian Information Commissioner

 

Ms. Suzanne Legault, the Canadian Information Commissioner has said that Access to Information is a key component of accountable government and strong democratic institutions and therefore inappropriate for a government to put a cost on access to information. Details .....


President Jonathan Signs the Freedom of Information (FOI) Bill into Law

On May 28, 2011, President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan signed the Freedom of Information (FOI) Bill into law bringing to a fruitful conclusion, the more than 11 years of strenuous and tortuous advocacy for the enactment of the law.  Details .....

Nigerian Parliament Adopts Harmonised FOI Bill

On May 24, the two Chambers of the National Assembly (the Senate and House of Representatives) separately adopted the version of the FOI Bill harmonized by the joint Conference Committee of the two Chambers.  Details .....

NASS Conference Committee Harmonises the FOI Bill

A conference committee of the two chambers of the National Assembly (House of Representatives and Senate), comprising 12 members on May 19 harmonised the two versions of the Freedom of Information Bill, passed by the national legislators. Details .....

Senate Passes FOI Bill, Sets up Conference Committee

On March 16, 2011, the Senate passed the Freedom of Information bill after taking a clause by clause reading of the bill at its Third reading. It also named its Conference Committee members which will meet with that of the House of Representatives to harmonized the two versions passed by both Chambers.  Details .....

House of Representatives Passes the FOI Bill

The House of Representatives, the lower Chamber of Nigeria’s Parliament, on February 24, 2011 passed the Freedom of Information Bill with some amendments. It deleted clauses 12 and 18. Details .....

 

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