The Executive Secretary of the Right to Information Commission says the Council of State erred in directing Togbe Afede’s XIV aide to Metro TV for its information request.

Yaw Sarpong Boateng noted that it was an absurdity of the legislation, the motion by the Council of State.

In June this year, an aide to Togbe Afede XIV, Elikplim Kwabla Apertorgbor requested information on journey allowances paid to members of the Council of state from 2017 to 2019 from the Council.

The request was to confirm a declare by Paul Adom Otchere that the Agbogbomefia of the Asogli State was paid journey allowances to attend conferences when he served as a member of the Council of State.

The Council in a response to the request on June 13 said “Please be informed that the information requested is readily available by another public institution, Metro TV, who requested for same on the 8th of June 2022 and have since put it into the public domain.”

“Per provisions of Section 21, of the Right to Information Act 2019, Act 989, you are directed to contact Metro TV for the said information.”

But Mr Sarpong Boateng disagrees.

He contended that in reference to Section 21, the Council may have solely directed the applicant to an official publication and never Metro TV.

“I think that there must have been some misapprehension on the part of the Council of State who was of the view that once we have published it to Metro TV then we can direct you to Metro TV but that would lead to an absurdity if we want to apply the law in that regard.”

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