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Groups urge FOI use for accountability

By IWPR Nigeria






Civil society groups across Nigeria have welcomed the passing of the Freedom of Information (FOI) law.

President Goodluck Jonathan signed the FOI bill into law yesterday after a twelve-year wait by Nigerians.

The FOI law gives every Nigerian citizen the right to request for any information in government custody that is deemed to be of public interest.

But such information can only be provided if it does not threaten national security.

The Freedom of Information (FOI) Coalition says the law now offers an opportunity for the media and civil society to make politicians account for their promises.

Speaking for the coalition, Tive Denedo, says the underlying purpose of the FOI law is to enthrone transparency and good governance.

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