Mr Dimeji Bankole, Speaker of the House of Representatives, said on Thursday that the Freedom of Information (FOI) bill is â€œstill alive and not deadâ€.
Bankole told members of National Executive Council (NEC) of the NUJ, who visited him in Abuja, that the legislature, more than any other body, stood to benefit from its passage.
He dispelled the notion that theÂ bill was solely for the media, stressing that such notion mightÂ have inadvertently created fears about the bill in some quarters.
â€œIn the House, we are not against the FOI bill, even though it met some opposition. We need to educate more people and allay their fears. A situation where it is sold as journalistsâ€™ bill is not acceptable,â€ he said.
The speaker gave the assurance that the bill would no die but live, adding that â€œit is a Nigerian bill that will assist the Parliament to do its job.â€
He also told the journalists that the House would soon complete work on the Constitution Amendment and the Electoral Reform bills.