Governor Proposes FOI Law for Nigerian State of Ekiti

13 June 2011

The Nigerian state of Ekiti governor, Kayode Fayemi, has sent a freedom of information bill to the State Assembly.

Passage would make Ekiti the first state to pass a FOI law in the wake of a new national law being approved, according to a report by Davidson Iriekpen and Toba Suleiman in This Day.

According to a statement by the Special Adviser (Media) to the Governor, Mojeed Jamiu, the Ekiti State FOI Bill 2011 was one of the 13 executive bills forwarded to the 4th Assembly which was inaugurated on June 6.

The statement said the bill was intended to make government accessible to the people of the state and make government activities more transparent and was in fulfillment of a Fayemi promise.

According to the statement, “The passage of the bill would enhance probity, accountability, transparency and entrench the much-needed good governance in our dear state.”

“The passage of the Freedom of Information Bill is a clear signal that it will not be business as usual and put those holding public offices on their toes,” the statement also said.

The governor made a similar announcement in February. (See previous report.)

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