President Jonathan signs Freedom of Information Act
Nigeria’s President, Goodluck Jonathan has signed a Freedom of Information (FoI) Act which was first presented to the National Assembly in 1999.
Little progress was made in the 4th National Assembly, but it was presented again to the 5th National Assembly in 2003 and passed by both chambers in 2007. It did not make it past the then president, Olusegun Obasanjo and was returned to the 6th National Assembly. The Bill was finally passed on 24th May and sent to the new president for signing which he did without delay.
The FoI Act should have a profound effect on the governance of the country, leading to more transparency and more safeguards to counteract corruption.