In a significant development, Dr. Ibrahim Seaga Shaw has been reappointed by President Julius Maada Bio to serve as the Chairman and Information Commissioner of the Right to Access Information Commission (RAIC) for another five years, starting from November 21, 2023.
Dr. Shaw, expressing gratitude for the renewed trust in his capabilities, pledged to further enhance the commission’s performance.
“Today I received my letter of appointment by President Bio as Chairman/Information Commissioner for another five years effective 21st Nov.2023. I would like to thank the President for the confidence reposed in me and I promise to do more in delivering my mandate,” he stated on the social media post.
Dr. Shaw, who first assumed the role in 2018, is credited with bringing about transformative changes during his initial tenure. Under his leadership, there has been a notable increase in efforts to promote the Right to Access Information Act of 2013. Additionally, the enactment of the Right to Access Information Regulations in 2022 has provided essential clarity and supplementary information to support the Act.
President Bio’s decision to renew Dr. Shaw’s mandate at the RAIC underscores the administration’s commitment to harnessing his nationally and internationally recognized expertise in media and information for effective and efficient implementation, in alignment with Sierra Leone’s Constitution of 1991, the RAI Act of 2013, RAI Regulations of 2022, and other relevant laws.
Dr. Shaw, a distinguished media and communications lecturer and a seasoned journalist with a wealth of globally recognized publications, is set to continue his valuable contributions to the RAIC’s mission.