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Information Commission cites University of Liberia
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MONROVIA, Dec 2 (LINA) –The Independent Information Commission has cited authorities of the University of Liberia (UL) to appear before it on Thursday, December 5, to answer to a complaint filed against that institution by Mr. Peal Nyenkan of Lakpazee Community, Sinkor.

The hearing takes place at the Commission’s office on 10th Street Sinkor, adjacent the St. Stephen Episcopal Church.

In his complaint, Mr. Nyenkan said he made a Freedom of Information request to the University of Liberia seeking information on the 2012/2013 University of Liberia entrance results such as questionnaires, answer sheets and the method(s) used in the grading process, but was denied.

Section 3.2 of the Liberia Freedom of Information Act, provides that: Every person, irrespective of nationality or residence, may request, receive, reproduce and retain any information held by (1) a public authority or (2) private entity that receives public funds or engage in public functions or provision of public service; provided that in respect of private entities, the information shall relate to the public funds, benefit, functions or service.

Meanwhile, the Independent Information Commission has judicially concluded the case between the Roberts International Airport (RIA) and the Action for Genuine Democratic Alternatives (AGENDA).

According to AGENDA, consistent with Section 3.2 of the Liberia Freedom of Information Act, a request was made to the RIA for copies of the annual financial statements, Board meeting minutes on dividends declaration, amount in dividends payments that have been made to the
Government of Liberia, copies of reports on borrowing (debt financing) and debt servicing and RIA approved Budget from 2008 – 2012/13.

In compliance, the RIA officially presented all information requested by the AGENDA under the Freedom of Information Law of Liberia at a hearing recently at the office of the Independent Information Commission and the case was officially closed on Wednesday, 27 November 2013 in Sinkor.

The IIC Commissioner Cllr. Mark Bedor-Wla Freeman during the closing session thanked the RIA for complying with the Freedom of Information Law and urged other agencies and institutions subject to the Act t emulate the example of RIA

Cllr. Freeman noted that the RIA is the first entity to fully comply inmatters brought before the commission.

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