The Commissioner of the Anti Corruption Commission, Abdul Tejan Cole has pledged his commitment and support to the Freedom of Information Bill for a transparent and corrupt free society.
The Commissioner made this statement during a presentation ceremony of a draft bill on Freedom of Information by the Society for Democratic Initiative.
He maintained that, ACC has realized the essence of Freedom of Expression as a way of fighting corruption and also to educate the public about the mandate of the Anti Corruption Bill.
He added that in principle, the ACC is in favour of access to information, as it would ensure that public officials are accountable to the people in a transparent manner and also help to inform the public about the day-to-day running of Government administration.
Tejan Cole noted that, some powers have been divulge to various departments at the Anti Corruption Commission to ensure that, the mandate of the Commission is implemented with support from stakeholders and key development partners.
He expressed gratitude to SDI for taking the lead in simplifying the ACC Act and facilitating sensitization programs on Freedom of Information as tool for a corrupt free society.
The Commissioner promised to work with SDI for a possible collaboration in the review of the draft and distribution of the simplified version of the ACC bill for a massive sensitization on the mandate of the Anti Corruption Act. He encouraged Civil Society Organizations to support the Anti Corruption Commission education drive to increase public awareness on corrupt practices and expose corrupt officials. Emmanuel Abdulai, Executive Director of the Society for Democratic Initiative highlighted their role in campaigning for Freedom of Information and maintained that they have already drafted a bill that would be sent to Parliament; and gave the Commissioner copies of the drafted bill and other manuals on Freedom of Information.
He called on the ACC to make their input before the final draft goes to Parliament; and assured the Commissioner of his commitment and determination to ensure that the public is adequately sensitized on the ACC mandate; and spoke about their sensitization programs in schools and other stakeholders.