Data Minister, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah has disclosed that over 1000 Proper to Data (RTI) requests have been made because the passage of the RTI Act in 2019.
He made this identified throughout a press briefing in Accra on Wednesday, Might 10, 2023. Based on Oppong Nkrumah, there was a big improve within the variety of requests for entry to data over the previous three years because the implementation of the RTI Act.
Out of the over 1000 requests, 838 have been granted, 47 have been rejected with 45 of them transferred.
This the Minister defined that regardless of the rise within the variety of requests over time, rejected requests have remained low, which he attributed to the technical help offered by the Entry to Data Division (ATID) to public establishments.
“ATID offers technical help to public establishments to allow them to fulfil their obligations in granting entry to data. When establishments benefit from this, they keep away from any compliant points,” he mentioned.
Mr. Oppong Nkrumah additionally disclosed that the RTI Fee (RTIC) has been granted prosecutorial powers by the Legal professional Normal’s workplace to prosecute offenders below the Act. He additional inspired residents to utilize the RTI Act, as it’s going to additional strengthen democracy within the nation.
“The efficient utilization of the RTI Act will additional strengthen our democracy, so we encourage all to play their half,” he said.
The Minister additionally revealed that his Ministry is working to enhance the RTI utility course of by transferring it on-line. This transfer, he defined, won’t solely digitize the method of RTI utility and processing however will even rework information administration throughout public establishments within the nation and function a central useful resource middle for RTI.
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