Group pickets parliament over RTI bill

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 Source: Class FM

The Coalition of the Right to Information (RTI) Bill on Tuesday, 11 October picketed parliament as the house resumed from recess.

This is in a bid to bring pressure to bear on the lawmakers to expedite action on the passage of the bill. The placard-wielding group described the delay in the passage of the bill as unacceptable.

The right to information is a fundamental human right guaranteed by the country’s 1992 Constitution and recognised as a right under the International Convention on Human Rights.

The RTI bill, which arguably is the oldest before parliament, was among the many bills the house was expected to pass before recess. It, however, remains before the house.

Meanwhile, Speaker of Parliament Edward Doe Adjaho in his welcome address called for the cooperation of the MPs so as to complete the business of the house in time.

“…Honourable members, this is an election year and even though time available to the house is limited … I do hope that the honourable members will give the chair and leadership maximum cooperation and improve attendance in the house so as to let us complete our business on time. I also urge the leadership of the majority to press upon the ministries, departments, and agencies of government to respect the timetable of the house and prioritise the respective business and other proposals they intend to introduce for the consideration and approval of parliament,” Mr Adjaho said.

Source: Class FM

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