Freedom of Information Act 2011

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FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT, 2011 EXPLANATORY MEMORANDUM

This Act makes public records and information more freely available, provide for public access to public records and information, protect public records and information to the extent consistent with the public interest and the protection of personal privacy, protect serving public officers from adverse consequences for disclosing certain kinds of official information without authorization and establish procedures for the achievement of those purposes.

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT, 2011 ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS

Section: 1. Rights of access to records. 2. Information about public institution. 3. Request for access to records. 4. Time for granting or refusing application. S. Transfer of application. 6. Extension oftime limit for granting or refusing application. 7. Where access is refused. 8. Fees. 9. Record keeping and maintenance of records. 1O.Destruction or falsification of records. l l.Exemption of international affairs and defence. l2.Exemption oflaw enforcement and investigation. l3.Training of officials on the right to information and on the effective implementation of this Act. 14.Exemption of personal information. 15.Exemption of third party information 16.Exemption of personal or other privileges conferred by law 17.Exemption of course or research material. 18.Severability. 19.Denialby a public institute to disclose records. 20Judicial review. 21.Hearing in a.summary way 22.Access to information by the Court. 23.Court to take precautions against disclosing information 24.Burden of proof. 25.0rder to disclose information. 26.Exempted materials. 27.Protection of public officers. 28.Documents under classification. 29. Submission of reports. 30. Complimentary procedures. 3Unterpretation 32.Citation.

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT, 2011

A Bill For .n Act to make public records and information more freely available, provide for public access to public ecords and information, protect public records and information to the extent consistent with the public iterest and the protection of personal privacy, protect serving public officers from adverse consequences ir disclosing certain kinds of official information without authorization and establish procedures for the chievement of those purposes and; for related matters. Commencement

ENACTED

by the National Assembly of the Federal Republic of Nigeria Right of access to

1.

(I) Notwithstanding anything contained in any other Act, law or regulation, the right of any person to access or request information, whether or not contained in any written form, which is in the custody or possession of any public official, agency or institution howsoever described, is established. (2) An applicant under this Act needs not demonstrate any specific interest in the information being applied for. . (3) Any person entitled to the right to information under this Act, shall have the right to institute proceedings in the Court to compel any public institution to comply with the provisions ofthis Act.

records.

2.

(1) A public institution shall ensure that it records and keeps information about all its activities, operations and businesses. (2) A public institution shall ensure the proper organization and maintenance of all information in its custody in a manner that facilitates public access to such information. (3) A public institution shall cause to be published in accordance subsection (4) of this section, the following informationwith

lnformation about public institutions.

(a) a description of the organization and responsibilities ofthe institution including details of the programmes and functions of each division, branch and departmentofthe institution; (b) a list of all -

(i) classes of records under the control of the institution In sufficient detail to facilitate the exercise of the right to information under this Act, and (ii) manuals used by. employees of the institution administering or...
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