On Wednesday 8th July, 2020, Directors and Heads of Agencies at the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture took their turn at a briefing section by the Ministry of Information.
In a short statement delivered by the Director of Human Resource at the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Mr. Vittus Otto Langmagne, he said it was important that the necessary briefing is given to frontline officers, to enable government achieve the smooth implementation of the RTI Bill in Ghana. According him, the sensitization meeting was a step in the right directors to make the exercise effective in order for government to achieve its purpose.
Briefing Directors and Heads of Agencies, Ms. Amma Frimpong said the rationale for the sensitization meetings on the RTI Bill is to ensure that every citizen has the right to information, in order for all to be informed about what is happening our country.
According to her, information is a good resource and the foundation for good governance and democracy. It will also help us to achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
She said there were standards and benchmarks for national and international regimes and this gives effect to freedom of information. It also helps to promote open government and allows citizens to be given progress on what is taking place in their environments.
According to her, though there are exemptions, the idea is to help facilitate access and make information cost effective. The Bill informs us as to who can have access to information, receive and determine whether an applicant can have access to information or not. It is this that helps us to streamline the usage and abuse of information by the citizenry.
In summary, the good thing about the Bill according to Ms. Amma Frimpong is that it gives protection to all and sundry.