The Minister for Information, Mr Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, has appealed to media practitioners to be abreast with articles and clauses enshrined in the Right to Information (RTI) law (Act, 2019, Act 989).
According to him media practitioners has the onus task to read, read and read all portions of the Act (articles, clauses and sub-clauses) to ensure an effective education on the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the RTI law.
The Minister made the call at the official commissioning of a new head office complex for the RTI Commission and a Media Forum held in Accra yesterday.
Mr. Oppong Nkrumah disclosed that it came to his notice during deliberative stages on the draft bill that most media practitioners have no knowledge of what was contained in the then draft bill because they have never read it.
“It was very obvious from the kind of questions most practitioners asked at the various fora organised by Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) or government ahead of the passage of the bill into law.
I do not know how many practitioners have read the RTI Act a year after its passage. We can only do an effective monitoring and evaluation of the work of the commission if we are abreast with what is contained in the Act.” He reiterated,
Meanwhile, the Executive Secretary of RTI Commission, Mr. Yaw Sarpong announced during his welcome address that the commission is set to open offices in all the Metropolitan, Municipal, and District Assemblies (MMDAs).
According to Mr. Sarpong, operationalization of offices in all MMDAs will help the dissemination of educational materials to the door-steps of the citizenry as well as to oversee the effective implementation, enforcement, monitoring the RTI Law compliance at the lowest level of governance,
The Executive Secretary of RTI Commission, however, urged the public to utilize his outfit now that it has a well-established office. Saying the commission will become redundant and ineffective despite all the wonderful policies put in place by the board and management.
“Let me use this opportunity to appeal to the good people of Ghana to visit the commission regularly to enquire into any issue concerning RTI law and its implementation. Our doors are always opened, one does not need an appointment before coming to see anybody at the commission”, He emphasised
The RTI Commission is clothed with powers, including resolving complaints through negotiation, conciliation, mediation or arbitration.
It also has the power to make any determination as it considers just and equitable including issuing recommendations or penalties in matters before it.
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