Ghana’s parliament passes RTI bill

Ghana’s parliament has on Tuesday March 26 passed the Right to Information bill pending a presidential assent.

The Bill was passed after its third reading.

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo indicated his readiness to sign the Bill into law soon after it is passed by Parliament.

“Mr Speaker, I’m happy to state that as you know, Parliament has virtually completed its deliberation on the Right to Information Bill and any moment from now the nation will hear the news of its long-anticipated passing. I will happily assent to it as soon as it’s brought to my table,” President Akufo Addo said while delivering his third State of the Nation Address in Parliament on Thursday, February 21, 2019.

The Bill was initially drafted in 1999. It got reviewed in 2003, 2005 and 2007 but was only presented to Parliament in 2010. It was brought back to the Sixth Parliament but could not be passed till the expiration of that Parliament on January 6, 2016.The Second Deputy Speaker of Parliament Alban Bagbin has described the Right to Information Law which was passed Tuesday night as one of the best in the world.

“Honorable members the RTI has gone through the third reading and is hereby duly passed. This law is one of the best ever passed in any part of the world,” he declared in Parliament immediately after the passage of the law.

The bill was relayed before Parliament in March last year by the Deputy Attorney General and Minister of Justice Joseph Kpemka Dindiok after the previous parliament, the sixth of the fourth republic failed to pass it into law.