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General News of Thursday, 28 March 2019


RTI Passage: It's been a long journey - Kweku Baako

Editor-in-Chief of the New Crusading Guide newspaper, Kweku Baako Jnr., has reacted to the passage of the Right to Information (RTI) bill, with profound commendation to both the House and the ruling party; the New Patriotic Party (NPP).

After almost two decades, Parliament finally passed the Right to Information (RTI) Bill into law on Tuesday, following the completion of its consideration stage after several policy changes, amendments and months of rigorous debates on the Floor of Parliament.

The RTI bill, when it becomes law, will foster a culture of transparency and accountability in public affairs.

“It’s been a long journey,” said Kweku Baako while commending Parliament and the New Patriotic Party (NPP).

“The seventh Parliament has done justice to this long-standing thing . . . it shows how far we have come in our democracy . . . one must commend the NPP when it comes to some of these advancements . . . We should all be proud as a people that we’ve got this far; now we look forward to the implementation,” he added during a panel discussion on Wednesday’s edition of ‘Kokrokoo’.

According to him, “I am confident that this country will make it step by step especially as we have committed ourselves to the democratic dispensation”.

About RTI

The RTI is a fundamental human right guaranteed by the country’s 1992 Constitution and recognized as a right under International Conventions on Human rights.

The bill as it has been drafted is to give substance to Article 21 (1) (f) of the Constitution which states that “All persons shall have the right to information subject to such qualifications and laws as are necessary for a democratic society.”