Nigerian Freedom of Information Act 2011
On Saturday 28 May 2011, President Goodluck Jonathan signed the Nigerian Freedom of Information Bill into law. The Bill was first introduced to the National Assembly in 1999. President Jonathan has been widely praised for giving his assent to the Bill probably within twenty-four hours after it was sent to him. A freedom of information legislation, which is expected to be enacted by every democracy in the world, is the comprehensive legislation that specifically addresses public access to government-held information. In fact, it is an indispensable aspect of the fundamental right to freedom of expression and the press as stipulated in section 39 of the Nigerian Constitution. It is significant to note that the right to freedom of information is also known as the right to know. Every citizen has a right to know what government is doing. Therefore, the enactment of the Nigerian Freedom of Information Act is an unprecedented step in the direction of open and good governance in the country. ………………………………………….. The Nigerian Freedom of Information Bill then became the Nigerian Freedom of Information Act 2011.