The Ministry of Information has identified 539 public institutions that need the Right to Information (RTI) Unit to comply with RTI ACT 2019 (Act 898).
Over ninety per cent of these institutions have received RTI Units fitted with modern computers and personnel from the Ministry of Information to operate them
The Minister for Information, Mr Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, who disclosed this in Parliament, said 487 public institions now have RTI Unit to respond to the public if the need arose.
He said the Ministry had engaged 1,055 Officers of the various public institutions to help in the successful implementation of the RTI Act, adding that 99 Officers have also been recruited to augment the implementation process.
He added that the assessment report of the implementation of RTI has revealed that 285 public institutions have complied with the requirement under Section 3(1) of the Act.
Mr Nkrumah said those institutions have also published an information manual concerning the nature and scope of information that the public could access as required by the law.
He disclosed that an analysis of annual reports on RTI activities submitted by 219 public institutions revealed that 85 requests were made, out of which 72 were granted. In contrast, others were deferred, transferred, referred or declined per the Act.
Eva Frempong, ISD