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President Jonathan Receives More Commendation Over FOI Bill

By IWPR Nigeria

 

 

 

    

 

Nigerian journalists have continued to commend President Goodluck Jonathan for signing the Freedom of Information (FOI) bill into law.

The National President of the Nigerian Association of Women Journalists, Mrs Asabe Baba, and the treasurer of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) chapter of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, Mrs Ogbeche said the law was long overdue and thanked President Jonathan for giving his assent to it.

Mrs Ogbeche described the FOI law as an indication that Nigeria was on the path to meeting international standards in democratic practice, as it would enable journalists and the electorate hold government accountable. The FCT Secretary of the union, Mr Emmanuel Ogbeche who also noted that the law would make Nigeria a more open society, urged heads of government agencies not to hesitate in making information available to interested parties.