RTI COMMISSION SEEKS BLESSINGS AND SUPPORT FROM GONJA KINGDOM AND SAVANNAH REGIONAL MINISTER
In a notable move to strengthen ties and garner support for its upcoming Regional Sensitisation Programme on the Right to Information Act, 2019 (Act 989) in Damango, the Right to Information(RTI) Commission paid a special visit to the King of Gonja Kingdom and President of the Savannah Regional House of Chiefs, Yagbonwura Bii-Kunuto Jewu Soale I on the November 6, 2023. The purpose of the visit was to officially inform him about the Commission’s activities and seek his blessings.
The Commission was met with warm hospitality, as the Yagbonwura graciously welcomed them alongside 20 Paramount chiefs and Islamic chiefs under his leadership. Expressing his delight at the inclusive composition of the Commission’s Board, which includes both males and females as well as traditional representation, the Yagbonwura praised the Commission for its visionary efforts.
During the meeting, the Executive Secretary of the Commission, Yaw Sarpong Boateng Esq., provided the Yagbonwura with a briefing on the Commission’s works. This gesture showcased the Commission’s commitment to transparency and collaboration with key stakeholders, ensuring that the voices of all segments of society are heard and respected.
In a remarkable demonstration of support and commitment to the Commission’s work, the Yagbonwura pledged assistance in securing an office space for the Commission in the Savannah Region. Furthermore, he honored the Board Chairman of the Commission, Justice (Rtd) K. A. Ofori-Atta, by presenting him with an original Yagbon smock, a symbol of high regard and appreciation.
The visit by the RTI Commission to the Gonja Kingdom signifies an important step towards fostering strong partnerships with traditional leaders and involving them in the implementation of Act 989. The Commission is tasked with promoting transparency, accountability, and good governance across the country.
As the Commission continues its efforts to educate and sensitize communities, their visit to the Gonja Kingdom highlights the significance of local support and collaboration in achieving their goals. The gesture from the Yagbonwura showcases his commitment to championing the rights of his people and advancing the principles of openness and transparency.
The Commission proceeded to call on the Savannah Regional Minister, Hon. Saeed Jibril. In his absence, the Commission was received by the Regional Coordinating Director, Mr. Yaw Adu-Asamoah who assured the Commission of the Savannah Regional Coordinating Council’s commitment in the implementation of the Right to Information law.
Among other members of the Commission who were present are, Mrs. Elizabeth Asare, Deputy Chairperson of the Commission, Nana Kwame Duah, a Member of the Board, Management and staff of the Commission.