Name of law: Freedom of Information Bill
First adopted: 2011
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RTI Rating last updated: n/a


Nigeria’s law combines some strengths with notable weaknesses, resulting in a middling score. The legislation’s rather broad scope is supplemented by an exception system that is both compliant and subject to a mandatory public interest override that applies to nearly all exceptions. Furthermore, the RTI legislation trumps restrictions on information disclosure in other legislation, such as secrecy acts. Other significant strengths include a strong promotional regime and a well-developed sanctioning system that provides penalties for acts in contravention of the act or its purposes. Nonetheless, its lack of an external administrative appeals body and the weakness of its judicial remedies are grave shortcomings that may interfere with the efficacy of this new law.

Local Expert: Edetaen Ojo