Lagos government assures citizens of Freedom of Information

Eniola Ajayi, Lagos

The Lagos state government says it will continue to ensure freedom of information across the state.

Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Steve Ayorinde stated this while briefing newsmen in Alausa Ikeja as part of activities marking the one year anniversary of the Ambode administration.

Mr Ayorinde said in recognition of the fact that the management of information was crucial any government’s success, the present administration had revamped all information related agencies and parastatals to enable them to keep residents informed on government activities.

The Lagos State Government spokesman who described the management of Information in Lagos as quite challenging said a lot of efforts were made to provide a conducive environment for journalists to operate.

“Information management is crucial towards the success or failure of any administration; in realization of this, the Ministry of Information and Strategy is doing its best to ensure that access is provided towards making information available to our people at all times, we have also put a lot of effort in providing a conducive environment for our colleagues to operate, with a promise that we shall always continue to improve in our effort to keep the citizenry informed, without sounding immodest, in the year under review, the Ministry of Information and Strategy and its agencies have effectively and creatively managed public information in the State, since the inauguration of the current administration, we have witnessed several landmark and innovative accomplishments in the Ministry of Information and Strategy and its agencies,” Ayorinde stressed.
For the past seventeen years the Lagos state Ministry of Information has been organizing an annual news briefing for ministries and agencies of government to render accounts of stewardship.