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Ministry of Information to Introduce Online Platform for RTI Applications

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The Ministry of Information is set to introduce an online platform for the application and processing of Right to Information (RTI) requests. The move, according to Information Minister, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, is aimed at digitizing the entire RTI process and enhancing efficiency. The platform, being developed in collaboration with the RTI Commission and the Access to Information (ATI) Division of the Ministry, is in accordance with Section 18 of the RTI Act, 2019.

The Online Records Management System (ORMS) will enable applicants to apply for information online and aid information officers in keeping accurate records. The platform will also serve as a central resource center for RTI and transform records management across public institutions in the country.

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The Minister emphasized that the move to an online platform for RTI application and processing is in line with the government’s commitment to enhancing transparency and accountability in public institutions. The platform will make the application and processing of RTI requests easier and more accessible.

For the most part, the Minister called on public institutions to ensure they have designated RTI officers and information units to facilitate the implementation of the law. He noted that 320 RTI officers have been assigned since the passage of the law and that 478 public institutions now have information units and designated RTI officers.

The move to digitize the RTI process comes as part of the government’s efforts to ensure the effectiveness of the law. The RTI Act, which was passed in 2019, provides for access to information held by public institutions and establishes the RTI Commission to oversee its implementation. The introduction of the online platform is expected to enhance efficiency and promote transparency in the public sector.

In a nutshell, the introduction of the Online Records Management System (ORMS) will enable citizens to easily access public information, and ensure that public institutions keep accurate records. The move to an online platform for RTI applications and processing is a step in the right direction and will enhance transparency and accountability in public institutions. The government’s commitment to ensuring the effectiveness of the law is commendable, and the introduction of the ORMS is expected to enhance the implementation of the RTI Act.

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