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DISCOURSE ………The impact of free flow of information on good governance ….communication as a fundamental need, right and responsibility — By Femi Adelegan

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Information management remains a critical and topical issue, even on a global scale at this momentous period when all hands are on deck in search of self-reliance and economic recovery as corner-stones for global development. Certainly, the era of globalization makes Freedom of Information and Governance very important development objectives.  This piece, therefore, commences with the justification of the importance of information to human existence. It would appear that not many people, owing to indifference, truly appreciate the power of information. Let us pause for a moment and think of the consequences of a lack of information in any given society. The answer simply is: chaos. The fact remains that no society can exist without information. For an average person to survive in an increasingly globalized world, he/she requires information. Corporate organizations require information to succeed. We need to know the direction of governments and other institutions put in place to guide our relationships. We require information on a constant basis on what to do and what not to do. In fact, we need information constantly and on a sustainable basis. Communicators have argued that no community exists without an adequate communications system to hold it together, with the mass media playing the highly important role of fostering societal integration. This responsibility is one of the highly sacrosanct roles of the media in all societies and organized settings. The foregoing, in view of its great importance, therefore, makes it imperative to accord information management its pride of place in national development. An expert in Mass-Communications, Professor Onuora Nwuneli, in a paper, postulated that: “communications policies have to be framed in order to express a nation’s diverse communication activities as a whole, and to project these into the future and against the needs of the society and the individuals. ‘’ Communication, Nwuneli (1980)  in a paper delivered at a seminar on the Role of Population in the Rural Development Strategy, in Monrovia, Liberia, argued that information “is a resource, to be conserved, allocated and proportioned along with other resources; but it is also a fundamental need, a right and responsibility.’’ My perception of the power of information in my walk in the media industry makes me subscribe to this very brilliant assertion. In his words: “communication has political, social, technical, administrative and legal, as well as economic dimensions.’’ PROMOTING INFORMATION MANAGEMENT THROUGH COHERENT POLICIES: Governance, in the context of political governance…

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