Ironically this was just one day after Chris Lane had commented, in his excellent article on lessons learnt from the UK’s Freedom of Information Act, that Nigeria was “digging in its heels”!!!
Nigeria joins the small list of other countries in Africa in that have passed freedom of information (FOI) legislation. Liberia, South Africa, Zimbabwe and Uganda all have FOI bills. Freedominfo.org provide a good insight into the situation in Africa.
Under Nigeria’ new legislation, whistleblowers who report malpractice by their employers will be protected from reprisals whilst all institutions spending public funds will have to be provide information about their operations and expenditure.
For further on the Nigerian act have a look at allafrica.com. Click here