Parliament has Endorsed the Right to Information Bill (RTI)

After about two decades of waiting, Parliament on Tuesday 26th March 2019 passed the Right to Information Bill (RTI) into law. The ...


After about two decades of waiting, Parliament on Tuesday 26th March 2019 passed the Right to Information Bill (RTI) into law.

The Minister of Information, Mr Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, moved the motion for third reading and seconded by the National Democratic Congress (NDC) Member of Parliament (MP) for Tamale Central and Ranking Member on the Constitutional, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee of Parliament, Alhaji Inusah Fuseini.

The Minority MPs said the the media, civil society organisations and many Ghanaians had waited for the passage and implementation of the RTI for years, and so it would be wrong to delay its implementation when it is passed.

According to Krlive News  Team The purpose of the RTI law will provide for the operationalisation of the constitutional right to information held by
It also seeks to foster a culture of transparency and accountability in public affairs and to provide for related matters , in other news it will help equip particular sectors that is not effective for the nation.
Krlive News Believes The Momentum, however, to get the bill passed gathered in 2017 following the formation of the Media Coalition on RTI and other bodies which have in the past 11 months, piled pressure on Parliament to pass it.
Some members of Parliament had feared that the passage of the Bill will rob government of confidential information.acknowledged that although its passage will be useful to journalists, Adansi Asokwa MP, K.T. Hammond, it may not necessarily augur well for governance in the country.

“You need peace of mind to run a government. You need to concentrate and if you have a bill and before the ink dries on it, somebody is asking you to ‘bring this document’…to the extent that we are talking about communication between the president, the vice president and cabinet, potentially, there will be no secret in government,” he said.
But it appears the Speaker of Parliament and government have kept to their assurances of getting the Bill passed.
The law will, however, be implemented at the beginning of 2020.

Issa Abubakar: Krlivez.com

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