Information Directorate, Youyi Building, Sierra Leone, Tuesday 22nd May, 2018 - The Chairman of the Right to Access Information Commission-RAIC and a cross session of his commissioners during a courtesy call on the minister explained the progress the commission has made so far with very minimal financial support since its inception. Unisa Sesay said the commission itself has been handling its consultancy jobs due to inadequate funding.
He said the core mandate of RAIC, is the right to access information from public authorities for the citizenry. Public authorities, according to the Act he said is anybody or organization that receives money on behalf of Sierra Leone, including NGOs. He reiterated that the Act also gives private sectors the responsibility to provide information for whosoever asks for it.
Unisa Sesay said the commission’s good work has attracted many development partners, the World Bank being no exception. “We currently have a program with the World Bank for the popularization of the Act, which is about to be implemented, to make sure every Sierra Leonean is fully abreast with the Act and use it effectively he reiterated’’.
Mohamed Swaray said he is happy that two of the hallmarks that the government wants to define its administration on is poverty reduction and the fight against corruption, cross path with that of RAIC’s Act. He maintained that where everybody can access information freely when demanded, will help in the fight against corruption.
The minister reiterated that the government is very committed to wage and sustain the war against poverty, indiscipline and corruption. He said if records management are set right and the right to access information is effective, we can attract record management tourism which could develop a new stream of revenue for the country.
Highlights of the courtesy call witness the presentation of the commission’s Act to the Minister by the Easter Region Commissioner, Margret Thoronka.
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