RTI: Gov’t readies implementation process – Oppong Nkrumah

The government of Ghana is commencing preparatory works ahead of the passage of the Right to Information Bill this week. The 7th Parliament of the 4th Republic has completed the consideration stage of the RTI Bill after several policy changes and amendments and months of rigorous debate on the floor of the house...


The government of Ghana is commencing preparatory works ahead of the passage of the Right to Information Bill this week.

The 7th Parliament of the 4th Republic has completed the consideration stage of the RTI Bill after several policy changes and amendments and months of rigorous debate on the floor of the house.

Currently, there are new petitions asking for further amendments to certain provisions of the bill. However, parliament has hinted at passing the bill into law this week, and sending it for presidential assent soon thereafter.

Minister of Information, Mr Kojo Oppong Nkrumah told journalists in Accra on Sunday that the bill, in its current form, requires the establishment of Information Units in all public offices; recruitment and training of information officers to man these units; establishment of the RTI Commission and the completion of various administrative protocols before the commencement of the next fiscal year.

“These are necessary to ensure that there will, indeed, be the infrastructure that can deliver on the RTI requests filed under this new law”, he said.

The new law, Mr Nkrumah noted, will be a major addition to Ghana’s credentials as a strong democracy and also be a feather in President Nana Akufo-Addo’s cup, for championing, for many years, the enhancement of the frontiers of human rights.

Mr Nkrumah disclosed that the government, through the Ministry of Information, which will be the implementing ministry, has already commenced engagements in preparation for the implementation.

“We ask all who have followed the entire process to join in heralding the final passage and to cooperate with us in its implementation”, he added.


Source: Ghana/ClassFMonline.com/91.3FM



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