THE RIGHT TO INFORMATION COMMISSION EDUCATES THE PUBLIC IN UPPER WEST REGION
Yesterday, on November 9, 2023, the Right to Information Commission conducted a highly informative and engaging Public Lecture at the Nasrat Jaha College of Education in Wa, located in the Upper West Region. The primary objective of this lecture was to educate Heads of Institutions, Students, and the general public on the Right to Information Act, 2019 (Act 989).
The event commenced with a welcome address by Mr. Peter M. Maala, Chief Director for the Upper West Regional Coordinating Council, who represented the Regional Minister, Hon. Hafiz Bin Salih. Mr. Maala passionately urged all attendees to exercise their right using the law. He stressed that this would inspire institutions to work diligently, knowing that any member of the public can access the information they hold. The Chief Director’s plea resonated deeply with the audience, who were motivated to utilize the Right to Information Act to hold institutions accountable.
In a brief remarks from the Chairman of the Commission, Justice (Rtd) K. A. Ofori-Atta. He emphasized the importance of citizens knowing their rights and utilizing the Act to ensure transparency and accountability in our institutions. Following that, the Executive Secretary of the Commission, Yaw Sarpong Boateng Esq., took the participants through Act 989 in a manner that made it easier for the audience to comprehend. The Act was explained without excessive technicalities, ensuring that everyone understood how they could exercise their right to access information.
Closing the Public Lecture, Nana Kwame Duah, a Member of the Board, emphasized the importance of providing information in a timely manner to the public. He emphasized that timely information sharing is crucial to fostering transparency and building public trust.
The event concluded with a vote of thanks delivered by Mrs. Elizabeth Asare, Deputy Chairperson of the Commission. She expressed gratitude to all attendees for their active participation and encouraged them to spread awareness about the Act and its benefits throughout their communities.