Freetown, SIERRA LEONE – The Right to Access Information Commission (RAIC) recently conducted a one day capacity building training session focusing on RAIC ‘s regulations and the essential aspect of records management code of practice.
The event successfully brought together communication officers from various government ministries and departments, civil society personnel, journalists, paramount chiefs, and other non-state actors at the City Council Hall, in Kenema.
A significant highlight of the training was the engaging roundtable discussion where participants actively addressed key issues crucial to the free flow of information. Practical recommendations emerged from the discussions, providing a roadmap to tackle existing challenges.
Ahmed G. Kallon, the Eastern Region Commissioner for HRCSL, provided a brief but insightful background of the commission, emphasizing its roles and powers. Kallon urged participants to collaborate closely, ensuring proactive disclosure through all possible outlets for unhindered access.
Also, a key component of the training involved a presentation by Madam Fanta Morgan, the National Archivist for the Commission, on records management codes of practice. Her presentation led to an interactive session, allowing participants to assess the commission’s successes, challenges, and lapses. “For Access to Information to succeed, there must be reliable records,” she emphasized.
Commissioner Kallon facilitated the RAI Compliance Evaluation process, with participants actively engaging by assessing their compliance level with the commission’s law. The thoughtful questions and meaningful contributions showcased the commitment of stakeholders.
Noteworthy recommendations centred around logistical and welfare improvements to enhance the commission’s service delivery. Ibrahim Seaga Shaw expressed a desire to establish coordination with regional districts for more balanced representation, reinforcing the commission’s commitment to effective governance.
In summary, this engagement marks a significant step towards empowering the commission, improving operations, and fostering transparent and accountable governance in the eastern region. PSN/20/11/2023