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Information Minister says information no longer a secret

March 9, 2016 By Yeabu Bangura

Minister of Information and Communication, Alhaji Alpha Kanu, has stated that as democracy continues to grow in Sierra Leone, there has been considerable improvement in accessing information in the country, adding that no information is kept secret from the public unless it has a profound significant negative impact on the government or members of society.

Alpha Kanu was speaking Saturday, 5 March, 2016 during the commemoration of International Open Data Day at Miatta Conference, themed: ‘Open data, solution for sustainable national development.’

He stated that as part of enforcing freedom of information in the country, President Ernest Bai Koroma passed the Right to Access Information Act and established the Right to Access Information Commission.

He continued that people could now access information through various ministries, departments and agencies, thus eliminating rumours.

“This is not a country that trails in rumours, but one that trails in the right kind of information,” he said.

The minister called on teachers and lecturers to teach and lecture Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in schools and colleges, adding that plans were underway to introduce the concept in schools as a way of meeting the standards of modern technology.

Southern region commissioner of the Right to Access to Information Commission, Yeama Thompson, said popularising the Commission’s Act was one of the challenges faced by them, noting that people were not familiar with the Act and not actively participating by making effective use of it.

Head of Peace and Conflict Studies department at Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone, Madam Memunatu Pratt said International Open Data Day was a global celebration that provided opportunity to citizens, government and organisations to dialogue about using raw data to enhance their lives.

She noted that information was power and that without it the country’s governance system would collapse, adding that information was also significant to business people, farmers and other sectors of society.

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