President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has stated that proper implementation of the Right to Information (RTI) law will enhance quality of governance in the country and also provide a critical tool in the fight against corruption in the next financial year.
President Akufo-Addo made the statement this morning when he signed the Right to Information Bill into law at a brief ceremony at the Jubilee House.
He expressed satisfaction that the passing of the law came into effect during his time as President and in the time of the 7th Parliament.
He congratulated Parliament for its courage, sense of responsibility and commitment to good governance in passing such significant piece of legislation.
The purpose of the RTI Act, as set out in its Preamble, is to provide for the implementation of the constitutional right to information held by any public institution and to foster a culture of transparency and accountability in public affairs.
This, according to President Akufo-Addo should enhance the quality of governance of the country and provide a critical tool in the fight against corruption in public life in the 2020 financial year.
He stressed there are financial consequences in the implementation of the law hence the need to give the public treasury opportunity to make the necessary allocations to enable the Act to be effective.
“I am very happy that this law has finally been passed and I did make the commitment that when it was brought to me, I would give my assent to it right away. It was, in fact, brought to me yesterday afternoon,” the President said.
“But, on second thought, I felt that I should sign it in the plain view of the Ghanaian people for you to know that this long-winding parliamentary process has finally come to an end,” he added.