The Coalition on the Right to Information, Ghana, has called on the Nana Akufo-Addo-led government to expedite action on the passage of the Right to Information (RTI) Bill.
The coalition’s call was made in a six-point resolution adopted at a general meeting held recently at the International Press Centre to discuss the coalition’s activities and review strategies to promote the passage of an effect RTI legislation in Ghana.
The Coalition decried the failure by the past administration to pass the Right to Information Bill 2016 despite all the efforts put into the review and amendment of the bill by the sixth parliament.
The Coalition also expressed concerns over the time, energy and resources that would be committed into fresh processes to enable the passage of the Bill and urged government to expedite action to enable the passage within the first year of this administration.
The coalition took cognisance of the promise made by the Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, at the Transparency International regional meeting in Accra in February, where he assured Ghanaians that the RTI Bill would be passed this year.
It hoped that the promise would not be a mere repetition of the promises made by previous administrations.
The coalition renews its commitment and readiness, despite its disappointment and associated costs, to engage with and support Parliament for the early passage of the RTI Bill in Ghana.
The meeting which was attended by regional focal persons from nine regions in the country also saw the swearing in of new members of the Steering Committee (SC) to serve for the next two years.
The new SC members resolved to continue to work hard to ensure, not only the passage of the RTI Bill but also that Ghana has an effective access to information regime.
In attendance were representatives of the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (Africa office), The Ghana Integrity Initiative, The Human Rights Advocacy Centre, The Trades Union Congress and Perfecter of Sentiments (POS) Foundation.
Others were from Centre for Employment of Persons with Disability, Ghana Anti-Corruption Coalition, SEND-Ghana, Ghana Journalists Association and Seth Abloso (Individual Member)