RIGHT TO INFORMATION COMMISSION STRENGTHENS TRANSPARENCY EFFORTS IN NORTH EAST REGION
On November 15, 2023, the Right to Information Commission successfully conducted a public lecture in Nalerigu, North East Region, as part of its Zone 4 Nationwide Regional Sensitization programme. The aim of this lecture was to educate various stakeholders, including Heads of Institutions, Students, and the General Public, on the Right to Information Act, 2019 (Act 989).
The event commenced with a warm welcome address from the Regional Minister, Hon. Zakaria, who set the tone for the lecture. Following this, the Chairman of the Commission, Justice (Rtd) K. A. Ofori-Atta, delivered brief remarks, emphasizing the importance of the Right to Information Act.
Next, the Executive Secretary of the Commission, Yaw Sarpong Boateng Esq., provided an in-depth explanation of Act 989, stressing the need for everyone to comprehend the law. Participants were able to gain valuable insights and a better understanding of their rights to access information.
Nana Kwame Duah, a Member of the Board, gave a thought-provoking closing speech. He emphasized that having the Right to Information law passed implies that information is essential, and he advised information must always be accurate.
The Deputy Chairperson of the Commission, Mrs. Elizabeth Asare, delivered the vote of thanks. She expressed her appreciation for the exceptional reception received in the Northern Regions and commended the attendees for their enthusiasm and active participation.
With the successful conclusion of the public lecture in Nalerigu, the Commission has now sensitized all 16 regions across the country. This accomplishment marks a significant milestone in promoting transparency and ensuring that citizens can exercise their right to access information.
The Right to Information Commission has played a crucial role in promoting openness and accountability in Ghana’s governance. The nationwide sensitization campaign has been a resounding success, allowing citizens across the country to understand and exercise their right to access public information. By reaching the North East Region, the Commission is ensuring that no corners are left untouched in its mission to create a more transparent and informed society.