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Government has hinted that the passage of the long awaited Right To Information (RTI) Bill will hopefully be passed before the end of this year (2018).
This according to government is to “cure what we see as fake news” in the society.
The Bill, which was drafted in 1999 and laid in parliament about 17 years ago after numerous reviews has led to criticisms from many Ghanaians and Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) because of the delay in its passage, with some even believing that the delay is deliberate because the Bill will give Ghanaians unfettered access to information.
Answering a question from Citi FM’s Joseph Ackon Mensah at a press soiree in Cape Coast, a deputy Minister of Information, Hon. Nana Dokua Asiamah-Adjei, revealed that the government is willing and committed to make sure the Bill is passed. She explained that “…the Right To Information Bill is something that the ministry of information has started working on and usually Bills like that, (RTI) you don’t work on it yourself; it is the Ministry of Justice and Attorney General which usually works on all our Bills……so every sector that has a Bill to take care of, you send it there and that’s why it takes a while but certainly I’m sure that by the end of this year, hopefully, the Right To Information Bill will be passed”.
Source: Anthony Abrokwah