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Independent Information Body Sensitizes Region IV
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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.

LINA CTN/TSS/PTK                                  

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