An Act to make 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 of disclosing certain kinds of official information without authorization and establish procedures for the achievement of those purposes and; for related matters.

28th day of May 2011

Enacted by the National Assembly of the Federal Republic of Nigeria

  • 1. (1) 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 of this Act.
  • 2. (1) A public institution shall ensure that it records and keeps information about all its activities, operations and businesses.


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