The Ministry of Information (MoI) says plans are far advanced to launch an Online Records Management System.
This is in line with the world’s quest to ensure Universal Access to information.
In a press statement commemorating the International Day for Universal Access to Information (IDUAI),” the Minister of Information, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah said the system will be rolled out next year.
He explained that it will enable streamlined online RTI requests.
According to him, the system will provide enhanced transparency and at the same time empower citizens in their right to access information.
“This marks Ghana’s commitment to a more transparent and accountable society,” he said.
Ghana enacted the Right To Information Bill in 2019 with the aim of fostering transparency and the fight against corruption across all public institutions.
The RTI ACT 989 also empowers people to access information on central and local governments as well as non-governmental organizations, which are publicly funded.
The Minister for Information, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, earlier this year announced that 783 Right to Information (RTI) requests were made in the previous year.
This is an increase from 247 requests made in 2021.
A total of 1,053 requests have therefore been made to institutions in the country since 2020 when the RTI became operational.
In 2020 out of 23 requests, 16 were granted. 159 and 663 were granted in 2021 and 2022 respectively.