Information Minister Lenn Eugene Nagbe
Gov’t Committed To Implementing FOI Act - Nagbe
MONROVIA, July 11 (LINA) – Information Minister Lenn Eugene Nagbe has said the Government of Liberia is committed to the full implementation of the Freedom of Information Act to further enhance the country’s fledgling democracy.
Minister Nagbe noted that freedom of information (FOI) is not in isolation of good governance and promised that the government will expand the frontier of the country’s media landscape.
According to a release issued by the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism, Minister Nagbe made the remarks Monday when he received three separate reports on the implementation of the Freedom of Information Act in Liberia.
The three reports, released by the Carter Center in Liberia, include the “Access to Information Legislation Implementation Assessment Tool,” “Internal Guidelines and Procedures for Public Authority” and the “Women and the Right of Access to Information in Liberia.”
Minister Nagbe observed that at times, constraints faced in the implementation of the FOI is not the lack of political will but the availability of the information which depends on the mechanism, infrastructure and inter-agency cooperation.
The Information Minister assured the Carter Center that government will re-enforce the implementation of the Freedom of Information Act.
Presenting the reports earlier, Madam Laura Neuman, Director of the Carter Center’s Global Access to Information recalled Liberia was the first country in West Africa to pass the Freedom of Information Act into law.
Madam Neuman said with this achievement, Liberia has been ‘a great voice’ in open government and access to information.