Information Minister-Designate Kojo Oppong Nkrumah has provided detailed update on the progress of implementation of the Right to Information (RTI) Act 989 since it was passed into law in March 2019.
According to him, 455 out of 526 RTI officers have been trained to occupy Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) as part of a continuous efforts to equip officers to make the implementation of the RTI successful.
This, he pointed out, will ensure efficient compliance of the law by public institutions.
“Across the districts, out of 552 that we are supposed to train, we have train 483 and they are working today. At the end of 2020, the RTI units across government have received 56 requests, have responded to all of them granting access to 44 of them, about 2 of them were transferred, 4 of them were referred, 1 application was withdrawn, 1 was denied and is now on application for review,” he added.
Taking his turn at the Appointments Committee of Parliament for vetting yesterday, the Ofoase-Ayirebi legislator emphasized that the training of the RTI officers was meant to educate them on the RTI Act 989 in order to equip them on the legalities of the law and how they are to operate within the framers of the law.
“Specifically on RTI, if I may have some liberty Mr. Chairman to speak on it briefly, the law assented to in 2019 took effect in 2020. We have done a number of things: First. we have created the RTI division at the Information Ministry. We have trained and deployed RTI officers to Ministries, Departments and Agencies across the country as well as MMDAs and then independent constitutional bodies. We had a road map that record 26 different activities to execute for the implementation of RTI.
“Mr. Chairman, I am happy to inform the committee that currently about 18 of those activities have been completed, 5 are ongoing are not due to be executed yet. In terms of training and work, for example Ministries, Departments and Agencies out of 526 officers that we need to train, we have trained 455 who are on the job today responding to RTI requests that are coming in,” he added.