As part of efforts to ensure effective implementation of the newly passed Right To Information, RTI Law, the Media Foundation for West Africa, MFWA, has organized a forum for Journalists in Accra on the new law.
The RTI Law aims at increasing citizens’ access to information and authorities’ responsiveness to issues of development.
The forum therefore sought to feed into the public awareness component of the RTI implementation roadmap developed by the Ministry of Information.
Journalists were equipped on the RTI Law and how to utilize it in the discharge of their duties.
In a Presentation on the RTI Law and its meaning for media practitioners, a Journalist and Legal practitioner, Samson Lardy Anyenini, noted that the absence of requisite and functional structures to ensure the effective implementation of the RTI Law accounts for its failure.
Mr. Anyenini said the RTI Commission must be supported with the requisite infrastructure to work, while it also remains transparent.
He called for more education on the RTI Law for the citizenry to enable them have knowledge of Act 989 in order to gain accurate information.
The Executive Director of the MFWA, Suleman Braimah, said some countries in Africa have passed the RTI Law and rather than improving citizens’ right to seek and receive information, access has been limited.
He noted that this experience affords a good opportunity for Ghana to learn from the mistakes of other countries. The RTI Law was passed in March 2019 after persistent pressure from Civil Society Organizations and interest groups.
Following the adoption of the Law, the Ministry of Information developed a detailed roadmap to guide its effective implementation.
A key component of the roadmap is to create awareness and build the capacity of implementers and the general public to understand and utilize the law.
By: Paul Mamattah