Responding to questions from journalists at the weekly press briefing at the Ministry of Information over the weekend, the Minister of Information and Communications I B Kargbo has strongly objected to any government that operates in isolation.
He said that all the 14 ethnic groups in Sierra Leone need representation in government to create a balance and also ensure peaceful coexistence.
This revelation came as a result of the absence by members of Parliament who were earlier invited to the press briefing to clarify issues relating to the composition of cabinet and other appointments to public offices.
Reacting to the recent Society for Democratic Initiative (SDI) report on the freedom of information bill, the Minister stated that his government has accepted ‘access to in formation as a state policy.’
He pointed out that President Koroma is open to change, explaining that access to information is not only for journalists, but for researchers and students as well who might want to access specific information for academic purpose.
“We need to equip our archives and libraries so as to make information available at all times to those in need” he added.
He further explained that the legal frame work for access to information is yet to be finalized in order to set up the freedom to information commission that would be charged with the responsibility of properly managing such information. By Solomon Rogers