Madam Khadija Sesay, Director of the Open Government Initiative (OGI) has been appointed champion of the Right to Access Information in Sierra Leone. Her appointed came after the handing over of the Open Data Portal quite recently. The Portal according to Madam Sesay is a registry of all public information that could be accessed by members of the public.
The Access to Information Champion told this medium that the Open Government Initiative is a government institution mandated to simplify government activities. She said the OGI is mandated to simplify, interpret and translate data in the information registry.
During the training of Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), the OGI Director maintained that together with Members of the Rights to Access Information Commission they would institutionalize the Open Data Portal and called on all stakeholders to ensure they contribute effectively towards the smooth running of the portal for the socio-economic development of the country.
She noted that institutionalizing the open data portal, Sierra Leone would once again become the envy of the sub-region in terms of promoting transparency and accountability.
Madam Khadija noted that the OGI would continue to monitor the registry to enhance transparency and accountability in the democratic process. She said she would continue to work with civil society organizations and the media to simplify the content and the use of the open data portal.
Madam Khadija made it known to the MDAs that she has the backing of parliament to ensure they achieve their goal in promoting transparency and accountability.
Unisa Sesay, Commissioner of the Right to Access Information commended madam Khadija for her passion and quest for good governance.
The Right to Access Information Act is a statutory instrument that guarantees the fundamental right of individuals to access public information to make informed judgment on issues of national concern.
This Act was ratified by the Government of Sierra Leone to enhance transparency and accountability in public institutions across the country as a pillar of democratic good governance.
The Act provides that all public institutions bring to the open information to be accessed by the public as an open government initiative. This according to the Act would reduce public speculation about activities, programmes and policies of public institutions.
Members of the public have the right to receive such information within a specified period of time, the reason an open data portal (registry) has been established to simplify, interpret and translate data by the Open Government Initiative.
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