Government through the Ministry of Information, has opened vacancies for the recruitment of RTI officers ahead of the implementation of the Right to Information Act 2019 in January 2020, ABC News has gathered.
The Ministry is receiving applications from qualified Ghanaians to be recruited as RTI officers, Principal RTI officers, and RTI Divisional Directors.
An advertisement in the Tuesday, December 3, 2019 edition of the Daily Graphic, sighted by ABC News urged all interested applicants to submit their application letters, Curriculum Vitae, photocopies of relevant academic certificates and other documents through the Ministry’s email address: email@example.com not later than Friday, December 13, 2019.
The Ministry announced that all persons seeking to be recruited as RTI officers must, among other requirements possess a Bachelor’s degree in either Communication Studies, Information Studies, or Law and must have a two-year post-national service working experience.
Persons seeking to be recruited as Principal RTI Officers and RTI Divisional Director must have a minimum of Masters Degree in either Communication Studies, Information Studies or Public Administration and a ten years working experience in a reputable organisation.
The Ministry announced that all applicants will be required to sit and pass the online Civil Service examination, adding that details of the examination will be communicated in due course.
Parliament passed the RTI Bill in March 2019 after about two decades of advocacy for the law.
The RTI Bill was first drafted in 1999, reviewed in 2003, 2005 and 2007 but was only presented to Parliament in 2010 and was not passed by that Parliament and the subsequent one.
It was however relaid in Parliament in 2018 and was subsequently passed in March 2019.
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo signed the Bill into law on Tuesday, May 21, 2019, at a short ceremony at the Jubilee House. The bill will, however, start operating in January 2020.