The Minority Leader in Parliament, Hon. Haruna Iddrisu, has guaranteed that the long anticipated Right to Information (RTI) bill will be passed before the year ends.
He stated, “Let me assure you that we remain committed to passing a sunshine legislation that helps you the media to fight corruption to combat economic crime and to hold us responsible for our excess and abuse. I have cautioned against watering down the impact of an RTI in the name of exemption and that is where we are.
He included that, “There is outright and steadfast duty by Parliament and its authority to guarantee that the Right to Information bill progresses toward becoming law we will work all the more persistently and perseveringly to get it passed.”
The Tamale South MP said these when he met journalists in Parliament today.
Pulse.com.gh records that the Media Coalition on the Right to Information together with common society bunches including OccupyGhana started a road backing against the deferral by parliament in passing the RTI today.
Haruna Iddrisu underlined that: “We should be industrious about this. We should have a decent law passed and not a law that absolved gatherings of data. We should git it passed before the year’s end”.
The RTI bill is a central human right ensured by the nation’s 1992 Constitution and perceived as a directly under International Conventions on Human rights.
The Bill as it has been drafted is to offer substance to Article 21 (1) (f) of the Constitution which expresses that “All people will have the privilege to data subject to such capabilities and laws as are important for a popularity based society.”
What is RTI Bill?
It was first drafted 22 years back under the support of the Institute of Economic Affairs, IEA.
The draft Executive Bill was along these lines assessed in 2003, 2005 and 2007 however was never laid in Parliament until February 5, 2010.
It was hence pulled back to survey a few statements.
From that point forward, endeavors by a few support groups to put weight on the obligation bearers to have the Bill passed have additionally not yielded any positive outcomes up to this point.
Since the primary draft of a privilege to data law such a large number of years back, the official and governing body have been hurling it freely between themselves.
Eyewitnesses have reprimanded progressive governments for coming up short on the political will to pass the Bill.
The entry of the bill would not just make it simple for people in general to look for basic data on different issues influencing them, yet would also assist them with participating and effectively add to national advancement.
The reason for the proceeded with postponement in the entry of the Bill by Parliament, was the Bill’s innate potential to edify and engage the Ghanaian citizenry to look for answers and test the exercises of lawmakers at all dimensions of government.