Information Minister Calls for Accountability as RTI Commission Reports Low Compliance from Public Institutions

by Louisa Afful
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The Right to Information (RTI) Commission received annual reports from 322 out of 683 expected institutions in 2023, which the Information Minister deemed unacceptable. She urged the RTI Commission to impose penalties on non-compliant public institutions as per Section 71(2)(6) of the RTI Act, 2019.

Out of the 322 compliant institutions, 173 received applications for information, totalling 1,749 requests. The Ghana Revenue Authority handled the highest number of requests at 115. Of the requests received, 1,225 were approved by public institutions’ information officers, while 281 were rejected for reasons such as information exemptions or not being in the institution’s custody.

The Minister highlighted that the RTI Act allows certain exemptions for information related to national security, public safety, and individual privacy. She assured that the RTI Commission, equipped as an independent body, addresses unjustified denials by public institutions.

Additionally, progress is underway on the Legislative Instrument (LI) for the RTI Act. Parliamentary leaders commended the Minister for timely reporting and reaffirmed the government’s commitment to transparency and accountability.

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