RTI COMMISSION ENGAGES CITIZENS OF SAVANNAH REGION ON ACT 989
In a bid to empower individuals and promote transparency, the Right to Information Commission organized a public lecture at the Damango Community Center in the Savannah Region on November 7, 2023. The lecture aimed to enlighten Heads of Institutions and the general public about the provisions of the Right to Information Act, 2019 (Act 989) and how it can be utilized to exercise their right of access to information.
Addressing the attendees, Justice (Rtd) K. A. Ofori-Atta, the Chairman of the Commission, emphasized the significance of this Act in fostering an informed society. He highlighted the fundamental principles of openness, accountability, and transparency upon which Act 989 was founded.
Taking the stage next, Yaw Sarpong Boateng Esq., the Executive Secretary of the Commission, delved into the intricacies of the Act, guiding participants on how to effectively use it to access information. He emphasized the importance of citizens being aware of their right to information, as well as the processes involved in making formal requests. Knowledge of such procedures can empower individuals to confidently seek information that impacts their lives and communities.
Hon. Saeed Jibril, the Regional Minister’s representative, echoed this sentiment and stressed the value of exercising our right to information. He reminded everyone that knowledge is power and encouraged them to utilize Act 989 to their advantage. By doing so, individuals can hold institutions accountable, improve decision-making processes, and foster a culture of transparency.
Nana Kwame Duah, a Member of the Board, delivered closing remarks, highlighting the transformative potential of the Right to Information Act. He underlined the importance of citizens actively engaging with the legislation and the responsibility of institutions to provide the information that is requested.
Mrs. Elizabeth Asare, Deputy Chairperson of the Commission, expressed gratitude on behalf of the Commission and acknowledged the efforts of all participants in attending the event. She encouraged attendees to utilize the knowledge gained to exercise their right to information effectively.
Overall, the public lecture served as a vital platform for citizens and institutional heads to familiarize themselves with Act 989. Armed with this knowledge, individuals can actively participate in shaping their communities, holding institutions accountable, and contributing to the nation’s development. The Right to Information Act is a powerful tool, and its effective use will undoubtedly contribute to a more transparent and progressive society.