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Date of this Version

Winter 1-6-2015

Citation

Omotayo, F. O. (2015). The Nigeria Freedom of Information Law: Progress, Implementation Challenges and Prospects. Library Philosophy and Practice (e-journal). http://digitalcommons.unl.edu/libphilprac/

Abstract

Abstract

Freedom of Information (FoI) refers to the right which citizens in a society are expected to have to access information held by government institutions and officials. This paper reviews the Nigeria Freedom of Information Act, 2011 and discusses the progress that has been made so far with the enactment of the law. Challenges that are confronting the implementation of the Act are highlighted while solutions are proffered to the overcome these challenges. The paper also looks at the practicability of the law in relation to the current Nigerian context in terms of the understandings and attitudes of citizens and public officials to government information, and the resources available for the effective implementation of the Act.

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