A workshop on the roadmap for the implementation of the Right to Information (RTI) under the auspices of the Ministry of Information has opened in Accra.
Participants attending the workshop have been 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.
In his opening address the Information Minister Kojo Oppong Nkrumah said the workshop was part of measures to get stakeholders aligned and acquainted with the processes before full implementation of the RTI in January 2020.
”The RTI is a product of collaboration. It is therefore important to bring stakeholders back on the table for the roadmap for implementation”, he said.
According to him, the workshop will also afford participants the opportunity to make suggestions and inputs on the draft roadmap for a smooth implementation.
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.”
It 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.
President Akufo–Addo on 22nd May, 2019 gave assent to the Right to Information (RTI) Act passed by Parliament in March, this year.