The Commission which is to serve as the oversight body for the implementation of the Right to Information Act until yesterday was transacting mostly online after a year into coming to being of the RTI law.
The Right to Information Commission is an independent body established under section 40 of the Right to Information Act, 2019 (Act 989) to promote, monitor, protect, and enforce the right to information which is granted to a person under paragraph (f) of clause (1) of Article 21 of the 1992 Republican Constitution and the provisions of Act 989.
The Head Office complex located in the Airport West Residential area was officially commissioned by the Minister for Information, Mr. Kojo Oppong Nkrumah at a commissioning ceremony held yesterday.
Addressing the gathering, the Executive Secretary of the RTIC, Mr. Yaw Sarpong assured that the governing board is focused on the object of the Commission to “promote, to protect, to monitor and to enforce the RTI law as provided for by Article 21 paragraph 1(f) of the 1992 Constitution.”
According to him, the Commission has so far submitted to the office of the Minister of Information, draft guidelines for the preparation of information manuals by public institutions as provided for in the RTI Act.
“The Commission has since submitted its annual report for the year 2020 to the Minister of Information who has further submitted same to Parliament. The Commission has furthermore requested and received proposals and contributions in an effort to produce a draft Legislative Instrument for the consideration of Parliament,” he said.
Mr. Oppong Nkrumah, whose Ministry is supervising the Commission for implementation of the RTI Act in his address insisted that, the opening of Commission’s head Office was a significant milestone in the implementation programme.
He continued saying “this singular Act further demonstrates the Government’s commitment to transparent and accountable governance and the fight against corruption.”
He also commended the Commission for the work done so far while he also admonished them to step up their action in three areas.
“Step up the public education requirement as imposed on you by law, so that more people can know of the function of the RTI Act and how to access it.
Again continue to work with us to quickly complete the Legislative Instrument that is to be laid before Parliament, so that the necessary impetus can be given to the Act to function fully;
And last but not the least is the management not to hesitate to call out and even sanction public institutions that fall fowl of the RTI law.”
The Commission is governed by a Seven-member Board consisting of: a chairperson; a deputy chairperson; four other persons, two of whom are women; and the Executive Secretary.
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