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Jun 28, 2013

RTI bill to enhance access to information


Dr Ekow-Spio-Garbrah, President of the Dominium University, said the Right to Information Bill would enable Ghanaians to access a wide range of information on government operations.

He said through the Ghana e-Government project, government services are available online through websites and that through parliamentary hansard and government publishing office, many publications and reports on government operations, are available.

Dr Spio-Garbrah made these remarks in a statement signed by Henry Nii Dottey, Manager, Marketing and Corporate Communications of the university, and copied to the Ghana News Agency.

He was contributing to a conference on “Access to Information in the Public Service”, during the African Union Public Service Day in Accra.

Dr Spio-Gabrah said: ‘’more than 200 FM radio stations, 20 daily newspapers and in excess of 10 TV stations, cable and satellite networks, are available to Ghanaians and a large quantum of information on government operations and activities which interested citizens can consume’’.

He said members of the public were hoping to gain access to information that would in exposing scandals and corruption in government.

Dr Spio-Garbah said even though the RTI bill would enable citizens to keep spotlight on misbehaviour by public officials, there should be the need to find out whether citizen’s right to information should be limited to government but not to other non-state institutions.

Nana Oye Lithur, Minister of Gender and Social Protection, said the RTI was developed within the international, continental and national context.

She said some provisions of the law seem to be at odd with other laws regarding piracy, data protection and national security.

Source: GNA