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Politics Fri, 29 Mar 2019

Thank you for passing RTI when others couldn’t – PPP to gov’t, Parliament

The Progressive People’s Party (PPP) has commended Parliament and the Executive for finally overseeing the passage of the Right to Information (RTI).

Parliament finally passed the RTI Bill into law on Tuesday, March 26, 2019 after almost two decades.

It urged the Attorney General “to immediately work on the Legislative Instrument (LI) that will aid the successful implementation of the law.”

“The Progressive People’s Party will like to applaud Parliament of Ghana for passing the Right to Information Bill into Law albeit with few lacunas. We further applaud the boldness of the Executives in finally accepting the challenge to pass this bill into law during their tenure of office, a novelty other regimes could not do,” the party said in a statement.

It added that “individuals, media houses, civil societies and other groups that campaign vigorously for 22 years to get this bill passed must equally be commended.”

The PPP also urged the government not to delay in the final hurdles to make the law functional.

“As we applaud the government for a good job done, we caution the government not to engage in delay tactics regarding the Legislative Instrument that will make this law functional.

The passage of the Bill gave substance to Article 21 (1) (f) of the Constitution which states that “All persons shall have the right to information subject to such qualifications and laws as are necessary for a democratic society.”

Find below the full statement

RIGHT TO INFORMATION LAW IS A SUNSHINE

The Progressive People’s Party will like to applaud Parliament of Ghana for passing the Right to information Bill into Law albeit with few lacunas. We further applaud the boldness of the Executives in finally accepting the challenge to pass this bill into law during their tenure of office, a novelty other regimes could not do. Individuals, media houses, civil societies and other groups that campaign vigorously for 22 years to get this bill passed must equally be commended.



We implore the Attorney General to immediately work on the Legislative Instrument (LI) that will aid the successful implementation of the law.

This Law will bring about transparency in all government dealings and offer the citizenry the opportunity to monitor government policy and project from the beginning to end. It will also help curtail corruption and nepotism in the public sector.



The media and people of Ghana and must take advantage of this law and turn it into a sunshine in government deals and agreement for the benefit of all.

As we applaud the government for a good job done, we caution government not to engage in delay tactics regarding the Legislative Instrument that will make this law functional.

Murtala Mohammed

National Secretary-PPP

Source: citinewsroom.com
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