The Independent Information Commission, Cllr. Mark Bedor-Wla Freeman
Independent Information Body Sensitizes Region IV
By Chris Nyenapee, Grand Gedeh County Correspondent
ZWEDRU, Feb 28 (LINA) - The Independent Information Commission (IIC) has held a two-day sensitization workshop for the Southeastern Region in Zwedru, Grand Gedeh County.
Giving an overview of the Freedom of Information Act at the opening session of the workshop, IIC Chairman Cllr. Mark Bedor-Wla Freeman, praised the Liberian Government for being one of few African countries and the first country in West Africa to accede to the Freedom of Information law.
This initiative, Cllr. Freeman observed, will transform and boost transparency and enhance the country’s fight against corruption within a reasonable time-frame.
Speaking on the topic: ’The FOI Act: Mandate, Objectives and Functions of the IIC’, Cllr. Freeman said every Liberian and foreign resident has an important role to play in the eradication of societal ills, adding that with time every Liberian will appreciate the gains and work of the commission.
The “full cooperation of all, including the illiterate, educated, youth, women and religious groups is needed to minimize the menace of corruption,” he emphasized.
The workshop brought together stakeholders from Grand Gedeh, Grand Kru, Maryland and River Gee counties , with heads of sectorial ministries and agencies of government, civil society, women, youth and religious groups participating in the workshop.
The workshop highlighted the role of archiving and basic knowledge on records management at institutional and individual levels in the implementation of the FOI.
The workshop ended with several recommendations advanced by participants.
The Freedom of Information Act was signed into law in 2010. It provides all persons the right to access public information in Liberia free of charge.
Liberia was the first country to accede to the FOI in West Africa.