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Transparency Triumph of the Week: Nigeria’s FOI bill signed into law

Records in Nigeria are going public.

President Goodluck Jonathan signed a freedom of information bill into law Saturday that will allow citizen access to public records for the first time.

The bill passed in the country’s National Assembly May 24 and was also approved by the Senate before the assembly voted on it.

This isn’t the first time Nigeria has passed an FOI bill, but former President Olusegun Obasanjo didn’t sign it into law in 2007.  The original version of the FOI bill was presented in 1999 soon after the country shifted from a 28-year history of sporadic military rule.

So here’s to the Nigerian government for honoring its citizens’ right to freedom of information. This is a historic moment in Nigeria as the nation marks a milestone in the fight for government transparency.

– Morgan Watkins

Morgan Watkins is SPJ’s summer Pulliam/Kilgore Freedom of Information intern and a University of Florida student. Reach her by email (mwatkins@spj.org) or connect with her on Twitter (@morganwatkins26).

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