Oversight Commission on Access to Information (OCAI) held an awareness workshop at press conference hall of Ministry of Borders and Tribal Affairs for its personnel including high ranking officials on February 21, 2016.
More than 50 officials of various departments including the acting-minister of the mentioned ministry, Mr. Abdul Ghafoor Lewal, participated in this session which was held to promote culture of access to information.
Prior to the commencement of the session, OCAI commissioners, Mr. Abdul Shokoor Dadras, Ata Mohamamd Yari and Beheshteh Safi met with Abdul Ghafoor Lewal, the acting minister, in his office to discuss Access to Information Law. Mr. Dadras, shed some light on the responsibilities as instructed by ATI law and urged that state organizations should obey the law and preform their responsibilities accordingly.
Later on, Mr. Lewal, the Acting Minister, welcomed holding such program and vowed that the aforementioned ministry will properly follow the instructions to perform its tasks and responsibilities and added: Ministry of Borders and Tribal Affairs has been involved in such activities concerning right of access to information and yet it pledges to cooperate with OCAI to further implement the ATI law.
After the meeting, the above authorities joined the awareness session which lasted around 2 hours. In the beginning, the Acting Minister delivered his speech on access to information right from political, social and civil dimensions and asserted: right of access to information is crucial and every single citizen of this country has the right to have access on any type of information that somehow concerns their life and career.
Then, Mr. Abdul Shakoor Dadras, OCAI’s member, gave his exhaustive speech on the status of access to information right within variety of administrations and stated: if ATI law is properly implemented, public would be able to openly monitor and inspect the governmental activities which will undoubtedly lead to transparency and accountabilities within state institutions.
At the end, Mr. Waliullah Misbah, OCAI’s public outreach specialist along with Mr. Abdullah Afghani, the capacity building specialist of OCAI delivered a comprehensive presentation covering the entire articles of ATI law, giving live examples and as well as answering the questions raised by the attendees.