Wa, Sept. 29, GNA – The Upper West Regional branch of the Right to Information (RTI) Coalition has asked the Government to redeem its promise of passing the Right To Information (RTI) Bill which is currently before Parliament.
The Coalition said this in a statement issued after a procession through some principal streets of Wa, on Friday, to mark “The Right to Know Day” celebration.
This year’s World Right to Know Day Celebration was on the theme: “Our Right to Know: An effective Right to Information Law or None”.
Some of the participants in the procession carried placards with inscriptions such as “Ghanaians Rise up and demand RTI law from Parliament”, “Politicians, don’t take Ghanaians for granted”, “Crucify corruption by passing RTI law”, “Release the RTI law from hostage and “RTI is not a threat to national security among others.
According to the Coalition the passage of the RTI Bill was long overdue and urged the government to effect the necessary amendments made by Civil Society Organisations before it becomes law.
He said the continued delay in the passage of the Bill denies Ghanaians the right to information, which according to them, was critical to promoting effective governance and participatory democracy.
The statement called on the government to consider the passage of the Bill a priority and fulfill its promise of passing it before next year.