The Right Information Commission is collaborating with Data Protection Commission to provide appropriate, legitimate and proactive access and disclosure of public sector information.
The Head of Access to Information Division of the Information Services Department, Dr Winnifred Nafisa Mahama, revealed this at a public lecture on an international day for universal access to information in Accra
The theme for this year’s IDUAI celebration is “Artificial Intelligence, E-Governance, and Access to Information” which is aimed at encouraging institutions and individuals to appreciate the use of technology to enhance easy access to information all in a bid to push for greater participation of the public in our governance system.
She stated that Government is committed to e-governance initiatives to fast track the delivery of public services and implement mechanisms that enhance communication between different parties and therefore make processes simpler, easier, and faster.
“Ladies and gentlemen, it was clear throughout the Covid pandemic that technology-centred solutions ensure web continuity and productivity through government through the Ministry of Communication and digitalization and its implementing agency.
“The National Information Technology Agency leader accelerated the deployment of the smart Workplace solution in 2020 to all ministries, departments and agencies and metropolitan municipal and district assemblies to enable public sector workers work remotely,” it added
She noted that government understands that an e-government system facilitates the integration of policies and public service by encouraging accountable and transparent institutions
On her part, the deputy minister for justice, Mrs Diana Asonaba Dapaah disclosed that the Attorney general has resolved to provide all the support needed for the RTI act to work to enable the RTI Commission to succeed.
In the spirit of cooperation and support, the Attorney general has granted prosecutorial powers to the RTI commission to enable them to prosecute offences under act 989,” she emphasised.
She indicated that Infrastructure constraints continue to hamper e-governance implementation and affect the availability of e-governance, especially in remote areas, hence admonishing corporate Ghana to channel cooperate social responsibilities resourcing the commission.