RTI bill laid before Parliament

The Right To Information (RTI) Bill has been laid before Ghana’s parliament for consideration.

Class 91.3FM’s Parliamentary correspondent Ekow Annan, reported on Friday, 23 March that: “The bill has been laid before parliament but can’t be debated today.”

The debate on the bill is expected to take place after Parliament resumes from recess. Parliament will rise Friday, March 23.

On Thursday March 22, the Right to Information Coalition and Action Campaign Group, in a joint statement, called on government to lay the Bill in Parliament before the House rises.

The pressure groups said the bill should at least be laid since they admit it cannot be passed before the house rises.

This comes on the heels of a promise by President Nana Akufo-Addo that the bill will be passed before the house rises.

The RTI Coalition in a statement said: “Parliament goes on recess tomorrow, March 23, 2018. While we accept that the Bill cannot be passed immediately, at the minimum we expect the bill to be laid in Parliament before it goes on recess, tomorrow [Friday March 23]. We are united in our belief that passage of the RTI Bill is necessary to make credible and effective existing anticorruption legislation, including the Office of the Special Prosecutor Act and the Whistleblower Act.”

Source: classfmonline.com

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