Deputy Information Minister Isaac Jackson
‘FOI Law Testifies To Govt’s Reform Of Governance’ - Jackson
By Jeraldine M. Gbaa
MONROVIA, September 28 (LINA) - Deputy Information Minister Isaac Jackson has said the passage of the Freedom of Information (FOI) Law is a testimony of Government’s commitment to reform governance, remain transparent and accountable to the Liberian people.
Jackson made the statement at the Information Ministry Wednesday during the 6th annual celebration of the International Right to Know Day, which was held under the theme “Freedom Of Information: a positive tool for sustaining peace in Liberia.”
The Deputy Information Minister is calling on local and international partners to help support the work of the Independent Information Commission, and to advance the use and implementation of the FOI law.
He noted that Government is facing competing national priorities, and that the support of international partners is crucial to complement government efforts.
“We are always noted for clamoring for the passage of laws, but not vigorous in making use of the law,” he said, indicating, “And so, I will like to call on all of our citizens and foreign residents to use the law, and assure that the government will continue to make efforts to support FOI implementation to its fullest.”
Jackson said the government’s access to information is on an irreversible course, noting that they have “set the process in motion with great momentum.”
“We are looking forward to forging a productive partnership with civil society organizations in moving forward the FOI agenda of the country and the greater openness of governance,” he stressed.
Jackson noted: “We are glad to be a part of countries that have passed transparency laws, guaranteeing citizens’ right to seek information held by the Government.”