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RTI Commission orders SSNIT to furnish it with Information requested by JoyNews within 14 Days

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The Right to Information (RTI) Commission has directed the Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT) to provide the information requested by JoyNews within 14 days.

JoyNews had filed an official appeal with the RTI Commission after SSNIT refused to fulfill a Right to Information request concerning the sale of its stakes in several hotels.

In a detailed letter to the Executive Secretary of the RTI Commission, Raymond Acquah, head of the Research Desk at JoyNews, expressed dissatisfaction with SSNIT’s rejection of an RTI request submitted on May 23, 2024.

Acquah noted that the request was received and reviewed by the Corporate Affairs office, but SSNIT rejected it, citing that it was addressed to a non-existent Information Officer.

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JoyNews argued that SSNIT’s refusal, based on the claim that it does not have an information officer, constitutes a violation of the Right to Information Act, 2019.

The RTI Commission’s order, issued on July 5, 2024, instructed SSNIT to:

“Note that the person to deal with an application for access to information is the information officer. Section 19 of the Right to Information Act, 2019 (Act 989) states that ‘An application to access information shall be dealt with by the information officer of the Public Institution’. The Applicant, therefore, did not err when he applied to the information officer in the letter dated 20th May 2024, and as such, his application should not have been rejected.”

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The Commission directed SSNIT to provide the requested information, except for the minutes of the SSNIT board’s meetings on the sale of the hotels, within 14 days of receiving the letter.

On June 23, 2024, JoyNews sought detailed information regarding SSNIT’s decision to divest 60% of its stake in six hotels in its investment portfolio.

The specific information requested included:

  1. Copies of all minutes of all meetings of the board of SSNIT related to the status of the six hotels and the decision to find a strategic partner since 2017.
  2. A list of all 15 firms that expressed interest in submitting bids to be transaction advisors, including their names, details, and criteria for the selection of the eventual winner.
  3. A list of all nine companies that responded to the advertisements, copies of their submitted proposals, and a copy of the Request for Proposal (RFP) documents.
  4. Copies of the financial proposals of all six shortlisted companies.
  5. A copy of the technical and financial evaluation criteria and any other standards or minutes of meetings that selected Rock City Hotel as the best.
  6. Copies of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) containing the proposed payment terms as proposed by the transaction advisor, including any variations to the MOU and proposed payment terms.
  7. Proof or evidence of due diligence conducted and copies of these reports.
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