Prioritize the Passage of the Right to Information Bill- SEND Ghana Urges Parliament

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A programs Officer for Send Ghana in the Upper West Region, Mr. Bashiru Jumah has called on parliament to prioritize the passage of the Right to Information Bill currently before the house.

Whilst commending parliament for the steps already taken to ensure the passage of the bill, he pleaded they fasten the process to get the bill passed this year.

He said just like how parliaments over the years have prioritized the passage of other bills, such commitment should be seen for the passage of the Right to Information Bill.

Mr. Bashiru Jumah was speaking in Wa on Thursday during a district level Sensitization workshop on the right to information Bill.

The Workshop which was organized with support from the Accountable Democratic Institutions and Systems Strengthening (ADISS) and the Right to Information Coalition saw officials from National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE), Assembly members, Religious leaders, market women and media practitioners attending.

The District level public sensitization program on the RTI bill was meant to educate the public on the bill and also to mobilize public support for the passage of the bill before the end of 2018.

Mr. Bashiru Jumah also called on parliament to pass a credible Right to Information Bill of which is consistent with international values.

 Parliament on Wednesday July19, 2018 begun the consideration of the Right to Information (RTI) Bill which has been before the House since 2013.

The bill which was ushered into its consideration stage on Wednesday is expected to be discussed clause by clause with all concerns debated and voted upon. The rationale for the bill is to give right and access to official information held by public institutions, private entities which perform public functions with public funds.

 The right to information is a fundamental human right guaranteed by the country’s 1992 Constitution and recognized as a right under International Conventions on Human rights. The bill will give 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 in a democratic society.’’

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