Former Executive Director of the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) and Dean of Wisconsin International University College, Professor Kwame Karikari has stated that the Right to Information Bill (RTI) when passed into law will not only be useful to journalists, but also useful to the citizens of the country who can apply the law to seek vital information from government and duty bearers.
According to him, the Right to Information Bill when passed into law, might not work perfectly for journalist who seeks information urgently for their work because there is going to be a process to follow in order to get required information.
Professor Kwame Karikari made this known to Progress News in an exclusive interview over the weekend in Wa.
Commenting on the reasons why passing the Right to Information Bill into law has been delayed for a long time, he said it would be difficult to give reasons, ‘’but we can only speculate that politicians may not want a law that will give citizens the right to ask them questions’’ and seek to find out what is happening in governance.
Meanwhile, the Speaker of Parliament, Prof. Mike Oquaye, has expressed confidence in the ability of the house to pass the Right to Information (RTI) bill in the next meeting which would begin in October 2018.
According to him, the considerable work that has been done by the house on the bill should make it easier for it to be passed when the house resumes sitting.
Speaking on the floor to end the second meeting of Parliament for this session, Prof. Mike Oquaye also emphasized the need for members to eschew lateness when the house resumes.