If I read this headline on any other website, I’d have dismissed it as clickbait and continued scrolling through my Twitter feed. But I kid you not, the Government of Lagos State has “fulfilled their obligation to create easy access to state laws” by attempting to sell them online. C’mon guys, I know we all agreed that E-commerce rules, but I think this is taking things a notch too far.

Governor Akinwunmi Ambode just sent out a bunch of tweets making the announcement.

…and just when things were going fine…

Surely, His Excellency must see the cognitive dissonance in announcing that state laws can be easily accessed and then proceeding to erect a paywall. Worse still, I visited the site, Mastercard-in-hand, but I was greeted with an Error establishing a database connection error.

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Interesting fact: Ope Adeoye from Interswitch told us as Africabeta 2.0 that even though 97 million Nigerians were connected to the internet, there were only 200,000 cards active. So, out of the massive population of Lagos State, less than 200,000 can “buy” access to the laws that bind them.

Because I’m a curious cat, I went a-googling, to see if any other countries had implemented similar systems, and I found this. Go on…read it.

Hat tip to the good guys at BudgIT for bringing it to my attention.

Osarumen Osamuyi Author

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