The annual Right to Information Week celebration was kicked off by THE RIGHT to Information Commission (RTIC) last Thursday. Activities were planned to educate the public on how to exercise their right to request information from relevant state and private entities.
The International Day for Universal Access to Information will be observed during RTI Week this year (IDUAI). Since the implementation of Act 989, Ghana will be hosting its second event.
IDUAI, a day designated by the UN to honor global access to information, is scheduled for September 28 every year.
The celebration’s topic is “Artificial Intelligence, E-Governance, and Access to Information,” and it will take place from September 17 to September 28.
Speaking to the media, Yaw Sarpong Boateng, executive secretary of the Right to Information Commission, announced that radio and television interviews will also be conducted as part of the celebration to inform and educate the public about the Right to Information law.
He emphasized once more that the open forum will give attendees the chance to speak with stakeholders and international partners about how to increase the right to access information.
On Saturday, September 17, the Odadee Alumni and Mentorship Center in Madina, Accra, will host a health walk and medical examination, among other events.
The celebration is expected to include participation from President Akufo-Addo, the Attorney General and Minister of Justice, the Minister of Information Godfred Yeboah Dame, the United Nations Resident Coordinator Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, members of the diplomatic corps, civil society organizations, and the general public.
The Right to Information Act 2019 (ACT 989) established the Right to Information Commission, whose duties include promoting, overseeing, defending, and upholding the right to information guaranteed by Article 21(1)(f) of the 1992 Constitution and the provisions of Act 989.