Presby Students Schooled On Human Rights

Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI), a non-governmental organisation in Ghana, has held a sensiti-sation workshop on the Right to Information law” for the students of Akropong Presbyte-rian University College.

The workshop was meant to create awareness on rights of citizens to access information, and building a constituency committed to seeking information based on provisions in the existing laws.

Addressing the students, the Project Coordinator of CHRI, Ms. Esther Ahulu, said Ghana’s choice of democracy entailed active participation by all, but it was only when those who were to participate in all the sectors of the country were well informed that they would be able to make meaningful contributions.

She said in as much as the government had the responsibility to maintain and disclose information to enable citizens to participate in the way they governed, it was equally important that citizens also saw it as their duty to seek information on issues in the country.

Ms. Ahulu said access to information was the foundation upon which to build good governance, transparency and accountability with the view to eliminating corruption.

She said awareness creation on the need to disclose and seek information had become increasingly necessary in the quest for advanced democracy and rapid development.

In that regard, she reiterated that Article 21(1) (f) of the 1992 Constitution provided that all persons should have the right to information, subject to such qualifications and laws are necessary in a democratic society.

Ms. Mina Mensah, a member of CHRI, in her presentation, said the Right to information law would help curb corruption, reduce speculations, anxiety and falsehoods that usually arose out of secrecy to good governance principles of transparency and accountability that were requisite in a proper democracy.

From David Kodjo, Akropong

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