The Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI), has called on Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies to ensure that information about the Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty (LEAP) programme is made easily accessible to everyone.
The human rights body said access to information is a constitutional right and called on the public to seek information about the programme aiming to mitigate abject poverty.
Ms Mina Mensah, Head of CHRI, Africa Office, made the call during an experience sharing forum on request for information on LEAP at Dorimon, a farming community in the Wa West District.
Both LEAP beneficiaries and non-beneficiaries were encouraged to often look out for information in order to deepen their understanding and appreciation of the programme.
The information should, she said, be released whenever a demand is made by an individual or group of persons according to laid down procedures.
Mr Sidik Watara, Upper West Coordinator of Right to Information Coalition, said the forum was created to empower the people on how to access information concerning the implementation of LEAP in the District.
Madam Esther Ahulu, Programme Officer, CHRI, said when people have easy access to information, they would be well-empowered to give proper feedback that would enable duty-bearers to re-strategize to improve implementation of the LEAP programme.
Mr Vitus Sey-Pele, the Wa West District Social Welfare Officer, urged the public to make use of the LEAP community focal persons to seek information if they could not come personally to the office.
Participants expressed gratitude to the programme organisers, saying it has come to “open their eyes” especially on how to seek information concerning the LEAP programme.
The experience sharing forum was part of the project: “Enhancing citizens’ voices, engagement and participation in social interventions by mainstreaming access to information in the implementation of LEAP
The project, which is being implemented by CHRI and the Right to Information Coalition, Ghana, with the support of EDUFUND, is sponsored by Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA).