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RTI Ghana

  • Additionally, the start of the #RTIRedFriday action begins a countdown to the Rt. Hon. Speaker's recent promise that the Bill would be passed before Parliament rises this year.

    The Media Coalition on Right to Information, the Coalition on Right to Information, Ghana and Occupy Ghana wish to announce Friday November 30, 2018 and every other Friday before Christmas as #RTIRedFriday against the delay by Parliament in passing the Right to Information (RTI) Bill.

  • The voyage has been tortuous, with citizens over time getting frustrated and apprehensive and wondering whether the political class was committed to passing the Right to Information (RTI) Bill.

    For years Ghana has been on this journey, the journey to entrench and fortify the freedom of information.

  • The New Patriotic Party (NPP) MP for Suhum, Mr Frederick Opare-Andah, proposed the amendment that the RTI should come into force 12 months from the date on which the Act is assented to by the President.

    The Minority in Parliament last Friday kicked against a proposed transitional provision to delay the implementation of the Right to Information Bill (RTI) for a year when it is passed.

  • The RTI Bill has been lying in the womb of the House for about 19 years. Does the Ghanaian Parliament need a Caesarean Section to pass the bill?

    Written By Richard Obeng Mensah - “All persons shall have the right to information, subject to such qualifications and laws as are necessary in a democratic society”  – Article 21(1) (f), 1992 Constitution.

  • he said memoranda are to be addressed to the committee and should reach Parliament not later than Friday 13th April 2018 via akua.parliament@gmail.com

    The Parliamentary Committee on Constitutional, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs is inviting memoranda and contributions to the Right to Information (RTI) Bill in order to build consensus and enhance its work.

  • We understand that the implementation of the RTI in Ghana has been estimated to cost GHc 750 million over five years, according to a report issued by the Research Department of Parliament in 2017.

    Ghana has joined the 24% of African countries that have adopted the Right to Information (RTI) bill. These countries: South Africa, Angola, Zimbabwe, Uganda, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Liberia and Guinea all have the law, which helps promote transparency and accountability.

  • The RTI Bill was first drafted in 1999, reviewed in 2003, 2005 and 2007 but was only presented to Parliament in 2010.

    After about two decades of waiting, Parliament on Tuesday passed the Right to Information Bill (RTI) into law.

  • The Right to Information Bill (RTI) was finally laid on Friday in Parliament.

    Deputy Attorney General Joseph Kpemka Dindiok, laid the bill on Friday morning, after Cabinet consideration on Thursday night.

  • No civil society should, at this belated hour, jump on our backs and pretend as if they are the people who are interested in passing this bill,” Prof. Oquaye added.

    The Speaker of Parliament, Professor Aaron Mike Ocquaye has asked civil society organisations to leave the legislature alone to do its work as far as the Right to Information (RTI) Bill is concerned.

  • Written By P. D. Wedem -  It must have been a great relief for many, especially media practitioners, to have finally heard the announcement by the government, through the Ministry for Information, that the much-anticipated Right to Information Act, 2019 (Act 989) is now effective.

  • It will be recalled that on March 23, 2018, the RTI Bill 2018 was laid before Parliament and referred to the Joint Committee on Constitutional, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs,...

    The Majority Leader of Parliament, Hon. Osei Kyei Mensah-Bonsu on Wednesday July 25, 2018 indicated at a press briefing in Parliament that the House will not be able to pass the Right to Information (RTI) Bill due to the fact that there are so many clauses to look at. The Coalition on the Right to Information, Ghana wishes to express their disappointment at the slow pace at which Parliament has handled the consideration stage of the Bill so far and hopes history is not repeating itself. In spite of that, we are expecting that the lengthy discussions of each clause which has resulted in only six of them being discussed means our lawmakers will in the end give Ghana a Credible, Efficient and Effective Right to Information Law.

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