News Desk Report
In effort to ensure the smooth implementation of the Right to Information (RTI) a roadmap workshop for stakeholders have kicked off in Accra.
The workshop been organized by the Ministry of information, the implementing agency of the RTI is part of measures to get stakeholders aligned and acquainted with the processes before full implementation of the RTI in January 2020.
The President of the Republic, His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo–Addo on 22nd May 2019 gave assent to the Right to Information (RTI) Act that was passed by Parliament in March, this year.
The RTI Law seeks to give effect, to Article 21 (1) (f) of the 1992 constitution of the Republic of Ghana which states that “All persons shall have the right to information subject to such qualifications and laws as are necessary for a democratic society.”
And also seeks to operationalise the constitutional right to information by the public, and some private institutions, subject to exemptions that are necessary and consistent to safeguarding the public interest in a democratic state.
Participants where drawn from civil society groups and state agencies including UNESCO, RTI Coalition, Media Coalition on RTI and members from the , constitutional, legal and parliamentary affairs committee of Parliament.
Speaking at the opening ceremony, the Minister for Information Kojo Oppong Nkrumah indicated that, the RTI is a product of collaboration, therefore it is important to bring stakeholders back on the table for the roadmap for implementation”
Adding that, the workshop is to afford participants the opportunity to make suggestions and inputs on the draft roadmap for a smooth implementation.