Nigeria Passes Second Attempt at FOI Legislation

The House of Representatives of the National Assembly of Nigeria approved the Freedom of Information Bill on February 25, 2011.
This is the second time that Nigeria has come close to passing the law, after over a decade of advocacy by Civil Society. The Bill was first unanimously approved by both houses of the National Assembly in 2004. However, former President Olusegun Obasanjo refused to sign it before he left office, and hence the re-initiation of it.

It is now up to the Nigerian Senate to endorse the Bill for President Goodluck Jonathan to sign into law before his term of office comes to an end.
Liberia is the first West African country to enact a Freedom of Information law. Ghana and Sierra Leone are in the process of doing so.

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