The ‘Coalition’, made up of the Coalition on the Right to Information (RTI) Ghana, the Media Coalition on RTI, and OccupyGhana have expressed appreciation to Parliament on the passage of the Right to Information Bill into law.
“We have followed proceedings in Parliament with keen interest just as we have done in the past one year, and we are happy to note that the House has finally read the Bill the third time and passed it.
We congratulate this 7th Parliament for completing the long-awaited passage of this piece of legislation after 17 years of waiting,” a press release stated.
The group also lauded the Chairman of the Joint Committee of Communication and Constitutional, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs, and members of the Committees for their efforts during the legislative process.
They, however, urged the chairman to make corrections to certain information he communicated to the House, requesting that it be expunged from the records of the House.
“The Chairman informed the House that he agreed with the Coalition to allow the Bill to go through the Third Reading without our final proposed amendments. At best, we can describe this information as false,” the statement said.
The group acknowledged civil society organizations, activists, media practitioners and citizens across the country for their contribution towards the passage of the new law.
They urged the President, Nana Akufo-Addo to swiftly assent to it as he promised in his last State of the Nation Address, adding: “We are hopeful that government will put in place all needed processes.”
“We the people of Ghana have shown true unity of purpose in the advocacy for the passage of this law, and we wish to assure the nation that the work of the Coalition and its partners has only just begun with the passage of the Bill, as we are putting in place appropriate measures to advocate consistently for the effective and efficient implementation of the law.
We call on all and sundry to support the smooth implementation of the law,” the statement further said.