RTI Red Friday starts Nov 30

Prof Mike Oquaye

Prof Mike Oquaye

Some civil society organisations have announced the commencement of a demonstration every Friday, starting November 30, 2018, against the delay in the passing of the Right to Information (RTI) Bill.
Dubbed #RTIRedFriday, the protest will see street advocacies and visits to Parliament on some selected days.

A release jointly signed by Media Coalition on Right to Information, the Coalition on Right to Information, Ghana and Occupy Ghana said the first street advocacy will see the distribution of RTI education materials.

This will be done at the Obetsebi Lamptey Roundabout, Tudu-Accra Central, Tema Station, Accra Mall, Emmanuel Eye Clinic Traffic Lights, Ridge Roundabout, and Kwame Nkrumah Circle, all in the Greater Accra Region.

Speaker of Parliament, Professor Mike Oquaye recently gave the assurance that the RTI will be passed by the end of year saying, “The Right to Information Bill will be a thing of the past by end of this year, I can assure you, it will be done”.

RTI Bill will be passed before close of 2018 – Speaker of Parliament stresses and the release said the declaration of #RTIRedFriday begins a countdown to the Speaker’s recent promise that the Bill would be passed before Parliament rises this year.

On Friday, leadership of the coalition will also visit Parliament to observe the consideration stage of the Bill and urged the citizenry to wear anything red on all Fridays and post pictures in the red attire on social media with the #RTIRedFriday.

It is to demonstrate to Members of Parliament collective resolve to get them work in the interest of the nation, and not in their personal or political party interest as has been the case over the years so far as the passage of the RTI Bill was concerned, the release stated. -3news.com

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