ACCRA: Information Minister Commissions RTI Secretariat
The Minister of Information, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah has commissioned the Right to Information (RTI) Secretariat as part of measures to provide support to the designated officers and assistant at the Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) in the public sector.
The RTI Secretariat which is a Division of the Information Services Department (ISD) will help the MDAs to process information requested by citizens.
It is emerging that a Divisional Head is expected to be appointed soon to manage the daily administrative activities of the Secretariat.
Information Minister Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, who cut the tape to officially open the Secretariat in Accra, implored the ISD staff to be professional in their dealings to ensure timely release of information to applicants.
He said "You're to provide the information as it is required and not hide it, and should be dedicated to the tenets of the law to ensure that the rights given to citizens by the Constitution is upheld"
The Minister said the first batch of Assistant RTI officers had been recruited to support the designated RTI officers at the various MDAs to process requests made by individuals and organizations.
The RTI Bill was passed on March 26,2019 by Parliament and the President subsequently assented it into law on Tuesday, May 21, 2019.
The Act provides for the implementation of the constitutional right to information held by any public institution and to foster a culture of transparency and accountability in public affairs.
The law is a critical tool in the fight against corruption in the country.
The Chief Director at the Ministry of Information, Mrs Mamle Andrews in her welcome address noted that the Secretariat will help monitor and coordinate the implementation of the activities of the RTI law across the public sector.
She added that the effective roll out of the law will help government in policy formulation and decision-making.
The Information Ministry was tasked by government to assist in putting up the requisite infrastructure towards the full operationalization of the Act within a year of the passage of the law.
Information Minister Oppong Nkrumah, his Deputy Pius Enam Hadzide and members of the RTI Implementation Committee toured the facility.
The fully air-conditioned Secretariat has furniture, computers, a server and a free conference equipment for organizing virtual meetings.
Below are pictures:
Story by: Joshua Kwabena Smith