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African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights

Ensuring Effective Implementation of Nigeria’s Freedom of Information Act (2011) - Advisory Paper prepared for The Federal Government of Nigeria by The Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression and Access to Information in Africa



Contents

Acronyms                                                                                                                                       iii

I.             Introduction                                                                                                                    1

II.       Context for the Nigerian Freedom of Information Act, 2011                                                3

III.           Findings and Recommendations                                                                                    4

                Official Secrecy premised on provisions of the Official Secrets Act                              5

                Proactive Disclosure                                                                                                      6

                Record Keeping                                                                                                             8

                Training                                                                                                                          9

                Creation of Awareness                                                                                                  10

                Accessibility of Information to the Public                                                                       11

                Resourcing                                                                                                                    11

                Institutional Framework for Implementation                                                                   12

                Applicability of FoIA to states                                                                                        14

                Sanctions                                                                                                                       14

                Streamlining of the law/ Law Review                                                                             15

                Open Government Partnership                                                                                      16

                Adjudication of information requests                                                                             16

                Whistle blowers and whistle-blower protection regime                                                  17

                Access to information and elections                                                                              18

Annex: Participants at Meeting with Article 9 CSOs                                                                      20