Court Rules FOI Act Applicable to Lagos State

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A Lagos High Court, sitting in the Ikeja Judicial Division, has ruled that the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act, 2011 is applicable to the Government of Lagos State and does not require “domestication” by the State to have effect.

Dismissing a preliminary objection raised by the Lagos State Ministry of Health in a suit instituted against the Ministry and the Lagos State Government by Media Rights Agenda (MRA) over its failure to disclose records and information requested by the organization under the FOI Act, Justice Beatrice Oke-Lawal held that the Act was validly enacted by the National Assembly and applicable to the Government of the Federation as well as State Governments.

The suit arose from a Freedom of Information request made by MRA in November 2016 to the Ministry, asking for:

• Details and copies of plans put in place by the institution to provide…

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