In view of the passage of the Freedom of Information bill, what is going to happen to privacy? Where exactly does one draw the line between documents that affect only one individual and documents that affect a large number of people? Will the word “privacy” even mean anything any longer?
Now that Nigerians have the right to go to any public or private office whatsoever to request information such as the amount of money to be used to carry out a project, when it should be completed, who the contractor is etc. What measures are or will be taken to ensure that such information is not used by miscreants to carry out criminal activities? Does Nigeria have a tight enough security to protect its citizens now that vital information is available to the public? Does the bill allow Nigerians to demand for public servants to declare their assets before, during and after their tenures?
Since most of Nigeria’s records are not digitized, can fraud and illegal adjustment of documents be detected? Is Nigeria really ready for the Bill of Information? Will it do more harm than good to our country? What do you think?