Thursday, March 03, 2011

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION BILL


Objective

Objective of the Bill is "to make Public Records and Information more freely available, provide for public access to public records and information and protect public records and information to the extent consistent with the public interest and the protection of personal privacy.
It also intends to protect serving public officers from adverse consequences for disclosing certain kinds of official information without authorization in addition to establishing procedures for the achievement of these purposes."

Cardinal point upon which this Bill is founded

One of the cardinal points upon which this Bill is founded is the promotion of an enabling environment for unfettered access to information as it concerns the conduct of public affairs, records and documents, considering that one of the major set backs to the growth of Nigeria's fledgling democracy is the fact that most official transactions, both in the public and private sectors, are shrouded in secrecy.
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WHAT BENEFIT DOES FOI BILL HAVE ON LIBRARY PROFESSION?
Let’s discuss
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For Further reading:
  1. http://www.article19.org/pdfs/analysis/nigeria.foi.00.pdf
  2. UPDATE ON THE STATUS OF THE NIGERIAN FREEDOM OF INFORMATION BILLhttp://www.humanrightsinitiative.org/programs/ai/rti/international/laws_papers/nigeria/Update%20on%20FOI%20Bill%20from%20FOI%20Colaition.pdf

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