MONROVIA, July 6 (LINA) - The head of Liberia’s Independent Information Commission (IIC) has underscored the need for Government to provide relevant information to Liberians about its functionaries and their activities.
Commissioner Mark Bedor-Wla Freeman said access to relevant information about the functionaries of government will promote peace and stability in the country.
The IIC official made the observation recently in an interview with the Liberia News Agency at a one-day sensitization program organized by the Commission sponsored by the Open Society Initiative of West Africa (OSIWA) and held on the main campus of the University of Liberia in Monrovia.
He indicated that lack of access to relevant information by the public leads to speculations about issues in government circles, noting that when the public has access to information, ithey would make informed decisions on issues.
Commissioner Freeman observed that the Freedom of information (FOI), which is a fundamental right, is now enjoyed by over 4 billion people in 95 countries around the world.
Liberia acceded to the Freedom of Information Act in 2010.
He stressed that the FOI Law provides each person access to public information from all government ministries and agencies as well as private entities that perform public functions through a request by the individual or individuals, sometimes using the IIC.
He said the IIC has the mandate to ensure that Liberians have access to information across the country and also create awareness for the public to understand the functions of the FOI Law in Liberia.
He, however, lamented that the Commission’s limited budget cannot permit it to create awareness throughout Liberia.