The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) 2011 was passed by the National Assembly on the 24th of May 2011 and assented to by President Goodluck Jonathan on the 28th of May 2011. The FOIA supersedes the Official Secrets Act (OSA) originally enacted in 1911, which forbade the unauthorised transmission, obtaining, reproduction, or retention of any classified matter. The Act applies not only to public institutions but also to private organisations providing public services, performing public functions or utilizing public funds.

The underlying philosophy of FOIA is that public servants are custodians of public trust on behalf of a population who have a right to know what they do. In particular, it promises to remove the aura of mystery and exclusion with which public servants cloak the ordinary operations of government and public institutions. It also seeks to change the manner in which public records and information are managed.

The Act builds on the assumption of openness, by placing on those who wish to keep public information away from the people, the onus of Justifying why they have to do so.

How is a FOIA made?

To get information under the FOIA, a request must be made either electronically (e.g. email) or by letter in written form, describing the information sought and the preferred format of the response, in as many details as possible.

Who is responsible for responding to FOIA request?
The Legal Unit of the Agency is responsible for responding to a FOIA request. Your request can be sent to the following addresses:

Contact Person: Theresa Ushie

Letters should be addressed to:
Director General/CEO
Nigerian Meteorological Agency
Bill Clinton Drive
Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport
Abuja FCT Attention: Director, Legal Services (Chief FOIA Officer)

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