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Latest News » Speaking at the Observance of International Right to know Day

The Director General of the Liberia Institute of Public Administration (LIPA) Professor Alexander Yonly said, access to information and social opportunities are considered very viable in Public Administration and the rule of law.

He also said the need to know what happens in public offices as they affect national policies that trickle down to the people, promotes transparency and accountability in public institutions which encourages the involvement of citizens in the governance of the state.

The Professor added that, many nations including Liberia have signed up to the crusade by passing the freedom of information Act, noting that Liberia’s signature on the instrument, moves the country from a great step away from the indigenous belief that government is only for government officials or what was called “ the peoples thing.

“ We have now crossed that bridge and now in the era of citizens buy-in in the formulation of national policies, this makes the right to know ever demanding “ he said.

Professor Yonly further noted that though Liberia has signed on to the Freedom of Information Act, there are yet more challenges that must be overcome by the public in accessing public information, adding that these challenges are manifested in the “ How, Where and Why” Questions which according to him demand rigorous and vigorous civic education.

Hon. Yonly said, LIPA believes that the first place of call in the enforcement of the Freedom of Information Act should be the information offices of Ministries, Agencies and Commissions (MACs) of government administered by Public Relations Officers.

“ If this should be the first place of call, then there is a need to train Public Relations Officers on the Freedom of Information Act and how essential it is to make their offices accessible to information seekers, “ he stated.

The LIPA boss made these remarks on last Friday, September 28, 2018 at the Bella Cassa Hotel at programs marking the observance of International Right to know Day.

The program organized by the Carter Center, the European Union and other partners was held under the theme: Access to Information: An indispensable tool in Promoting Good Governance and Development”
 

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