If you want to shower praises on people for RTI, it should be Rawlings-NDC MP

Deputy Minority Chip Whip, Ahmed Banda, is suggesting former President Jerry John Rawlings is the one who deserves all the praises being showered on the current government for the passage of the Right to Information (Bill).

Speaking on Frontline on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, the legislator said the former president realized we needed RTI to affirm his belief in the quest for probity and accountability.

He however stated that Mr Rawlings was not seeking to be praised because his desire was to help fight corruption.

Mr Bandah said the RTI has gone through a number of amendments to refine it in order to serve the purpose for which it was introduced.

He also claimed the inability of the previous NDC government to pass the bill was due to the election defeat in 2016.

He said, the NDC did major works on the bill but there are a number of refining that should be done.

The bill he explained will be fully functional a year after it gets a presidential assent.

Ghanaians he said should not be overjoyed but follow through and ensure it gets a presidential approval within a week.

Ahmed Banda said after the presidential approval, citizens would have to follow through to ensure the bill is fully functional and implemented.

He concluded by stressing that no government will have an excuse not to implement the bill.

The bill is meant to operationalise 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 in a democratic society.”

It was first drafted in 1999 under the auspices of the Institute of Economic Affairs. But it would be first introduced on the floor of Parliament on February 5, 2010.

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