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Over 1000 Right to Information (RTI) Requests Made Since 2019 in Ghana

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Ghana’s Minister of Information, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, has revealed that over 1000 Right to Information (RTI) requests have been made since the passage of the RTI Act in 2019. Speaking at a press briefing in Accra on Wednesday, May 10, 2023, Oppong Nkrumah explained that the number of requests has significantly increased over the past three years since the implementation of the RTI Act.

The Access to Information Division (ATID) has provided technical support to public institutions to enable them to grant access to information, thereby resulting in a low number of rejected requests. Out of the over 1000 requests, 838 have been granted, 47 have been rejected, and 45 have been transferred.

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The RTI Commission (RTIC) has been granted prosecutorial powers by the Attorney General’s office to prosecute offenders under the Act. The Minister encouraged citizens to make use of the RTI Act, which would further strengthen democracy in the country.

The Ministry of Information is currently working to improve the RTI application process by moving it online. This move will digitize the RTI application and processing process, which will also transform records management across public institutions in the country and serve as a central resource center for RTI.

The RTI Act provides a legal framework for citizens to access information from public institutions and strengthens accountability and transparency. For the most part, the Act has been effective in providing citizens with access to information. The government has taken steps to ensure that the RTI Act is implemented effectively, and citizens are encouraged to make use of the Act.

In a nutshell, the RTI Act has been successful in providing citizens with access to information. The government’s efforts to improve the application process and provide technical support to public institutions have resulted in a low number of rejected requests. The RTIC’s new prosecutorial powers will further strengthen the implementation of the Act and ensure that offenders are brought to justice. Citizens are encouraged to make use of the Act, which will further strengthen democracy in the country.

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