FREEDOM OF INFORMATION PORTAL
The Freedom of Information Act, 2011 was signed into Law by former President Goodluck Jonathan on May 28, 2011 and came into force that same day. The purpose and objectives of the Act, as stated in its preamble, are;
- To make public records and information more freely available;
- To provide for public access to public records and information;
- To protect public records and information to the extent consistent with the public interest and the protection of personal privacy;
- To protect serving public officers from adverse consequences for disclosing certain kinds of officials information without authorization;
- To establish procedures for the achievement of these purposes and for other related matters.
The passage of the Freedom of Information Act fills a huge gap which hitherto existed in the legal framework for citizen’s access to information held by public officers, authorities, and institutions in Nigeria.
Related Documents on FOI Act
FOI ACT, 2011 (Download Here)
Attorney General’s Guidelines on the FOI Act (Download Here)
Online Request for Information about the Ministry of Environment (Click Here)
View Previous FOI Request and Corresponding Response.
Section 2 (3) of the Act, provides that a public institution shall cause to be published in accordance with subsection (4) of this Section, the following information:
(a) A description of the organization and responsibilities of the institution including details of the programmes and functions of each division, branch and department of the institution. (Click Here)
(b) A list of all:–
(i) Classes of records under the control of the institution in sufficient details to facilitate the exercise of the right to information under this Act. (Click Here)
(ii) Manuals used by employees of the institution in administering or carrying out any of the programmes or activities of the institution.
(c) A description of documents containing final opinions including concurring and dissenting opinions as well as orders made in the adjudication of cases.
(d) Documents containing;
(i) Substantive rules of the institution
(ii) Statements and interpretations of policy which have been adopted by the institution.
(iii) Final planning policies, recommendations, and decisions.
(iv) Factual reports, inspection reports, and studies whether prepared by or for the institution (Click Here)
(v) Information relating to the receipt or expenditure of public or other funds of the institution
(vi) The names, salaries, titles and dates of employment of all employees and officers of the institution
(vii) The right of state, public institutions, or of any private person(s).
(viii) The name of every official and the final records of voting in all proceedings of the institutions.
(e) a list of;
(i) Files containing applications for any contract, permit, grants, licenses or agreements (Click Here).
(ii) Reports, documents, studies, or’ publications prepared by independent contractors for the institution.
(iii) Materials containing information relating to any grant or contract made by or between the institution and another public institution or private organization.
(f) The title and address of the appropriate officer of the institution to whom an application for information under this Act shall be sent. (Dir PRS, Federal Ministry of Environment Headquarters, Mabushi, Abuja.)