Nigeria’s freedom of information bill and national development

  • JC Ogugua


The paper revealed the genesis of Freedom of Information (FOI) Bill in  Nigeria and the organizations instrumental to its enactment. The Bill is to ensure free flow of information and to protect Public Officers for giving out information in their possession. It also mandates organizations to preserve its information in such manner that will enhance access to it. Necessary sanctions to offenders were specified as appropriate. The benefits of FOI Bill include strengthening the nascent democracy and administrative activities, exposure of knowledge of rights and entitlements. Lawlessness of lawmakers and law enforcement agents amongst others constituted major challenges. It was concluded with requisite recommendations to improve the situation.

Keywords: Freedom, Information Bill, national, development, challenges


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