The Board Members of the Right to Information (RTI) Commission have embarked on a comprehensive sensitization program in the Upper East Region to promote transparency and empower citizens with knowledge of their rights and the usage of RTI Law.
The event, held at the Bolgatanga Girls Senior High School on Monday, November 13, 2023, targeted market women, students, educators, lawyers, and others to educate them on the right to information laws and the proper procedures for seeking information from government agencies.
Speaking at the event, the Executive Secretary of the commission, Yaw Sarpong Boateng, underscored the importance of citizens being informed about their right to access information held by public institutions.
He highlighted that the RTI laws empower individuals to request information from government agencies, contributing to a more transparent and accountable governance system.
He urged the public to utilize the right means when seeking information, emphasizing the significance of following the proper channels outlined in the RTI laws.
He further encouraged attendees to actively engage with government agencies through formal requests and underscored the role of the RTI Commission in ensuring compliance with the established procedures.
The Executive Secretary also seized the opportunity to call upon government agencies to foster a culture of openness and responsiveness.
He, however, stressed the importance of agencies making information readily available when requested through the appropriate channels. By doing so, he said agencies will contribute to a culture of transparency and accountability, fostering trust between the government and the citizens it serves.