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Nigerian State of Ogun Will Pass FOI Law, AG Says

last modified Feb 06, 2012 12:00 AM

Source: freedominfo.org

Date: 6 February 2012

The Ogun state government in Nigeria intends to pass a freedom of information bill on Feb. 29, Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice Wemimo Ogunde said recently, according to media reports.

Ogune made the disclosure Feb. 1 at the opening ceremony of a two-day workshop on FOI, according to an article in Daily Trust by Kehinde Akinyemi

Ogunde said  that the seven-day response time in the new Nigerian law is too short, but that otherwise the state law would follow the national example. He also said state archives need to be centralized.

He predicted that the lawmakers are supportive.

Another report, in This Day Live by Nseobong Okon-Ekong and Tunde Sanni, says that Ogun Governor Ibikunle Amosun supports the FOI bill and reports on remarks about media responsibility at the event.