Journalists schooled on RTI Bill

The Ghana Integrity Initiative (GII), an anti corruption agency, has organised a one-day sensitisation workshop for journalists in the Western Region on the Right To Information (RTI) Bill 2018 to sensitise them on the bill and to canvass their support in pushing for the swift passage of the bill.

Participants drawn from both print and electronic media were taken through an over view of the RTI Bill, principles of the Bill, the current preparatory stage of the Bill and the opportunities for civil society inputs going forward.

Executive Director of GII, Mrs Linda Ofori-Kwafo, who spoke on the overview of the bill, said the RTI bill was a fundamental human right guaranteed by the Constitution and is recognised as a right by international conventions on human rights.

She enlightened that the purpose of the Bill is to give substance to that constitutional provision by providing for access to official information held by public institutions, and the qualifications and conditions under which the access should be obtained.

For his part, Chairperson for the RTI Coalition, Mr Seth Abloso, hinted that the bill makes provision for the establishment of a commission, (RTI Commission), to promote, monitor, protect and enforce the right to information bill that is granted to a person under paragraph (f) of clause (1) of Article 21 of the 1992 Constitution.

He added that the commission shall assess all implementation plans required to be submitted by public institutions and relevant private bodies to the commission to ensure public institutions or relevant private bodies have clear obligations and processes which support awareness raising and education interventions at community level including disadvantage groups.

Mr Abloso further announced that the minister shall by the 30th of June of each year lay before Parliament an annual report on the activities of the public institutions and the commission in respect of the preceding year based on the annual reports of the public institutions referred to in section 81 of the Bill.

 

Story: From Seth AMEYAW DANQUAH,

TAKORADI, WESTERN REGION

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