To build an informed citizenry, promote transparency in public discourse and hold government and public institutions accountable, the Right to Information (RTI) Bill was passed on 26 March 2019 by the Parliament of Ghana. The passed bill then received presidential assent on May 21, 2019, and became effective on January 2020.
In an effort to promote awareness of the RTI Act at the Ghana Highway Authority (GHA), the Public Affairs Division of the Ghana Highway Authority, in conjunction with the RTI Commission (RTIC) and the Access to Information Division (ATID), organized a training session for Directors and Managers on the general framework of the Act on Thursday,10th November 2022. This is in accordance with section 45(c) of the Right to Information Act 2019 (989), which provides recommendations and guidelines to a state institution for the internal training of personnel.
The Ag. Chief Executive, Ing. Christian Nti, in his welcome address, stated that the Authority was ready to cooperate with the relevant agencies and law that has been passed, as well as leverage the company's website and media platforms to enable easy access to factual information.
The Head of the Public Affairs Division, Mr. Cecil Nii Obodai Wentum reiterated the purpose of the training. He added that together with his hardworking RTI officers, the division has successfully processed three requests so far and is looking forward to receiving more, hence the sensitization drive.
The Resource team elaborated on the legal framework of the Right to Information Law.
Key focus areas included:
The ATID commended the information officers for their timely submission of the GHA’s information manual and annual report, as required by law. They also acknowledged the Authority for being the first public institution to accept an information officer posted by the Ministry of Information.
Participants were enlightened during the interactive session as their questions and concerns were well addressed.
At the end of the training session, Ing Nana Agyapong, the Ag, Dy Chief Executive (Admin), expressed his satisfaction and thanked the resource persons for the in-depth presentation. He admitted that prior to the presentation, some key processes and regulations regarding the implementation of the RTI Act were unclear but the training has made them appreciate the law hence management will assess the existing processes in responding to applications and improve upon them to increase efficiency.
He acknowledged the Public Affairs Division for their efforts in organizing the training session successfully and also for ensuring that the Regional Directors benefited via the virtual platform.