- Ghana is set to spend GHC750 million on the RTI Act after it is signed by President Akufo-Addo
- The bill was first drafted in 1999 during the tenure of former president Jerry John Rawlings
President Akufo-Addo would on, Tuesday, May 21, 2019, assent to the Right to Information (RTI) Act, which was passed by Parliament in March 2019.
The Act, when signed, would empower Ghanaians have more access to information in order to hold the government accountable.
The Act is a fundamental human right guaranteed by the 1992 constitution and recognised as a right under International Conventions on Human Rights.
Per Article 21 (1) (f) of the constitution, “All persons shall have the right to information subject to such qualifications and laws as are necessary for a democratic society.”
YEN.com.gh understands that the RTI Bill was first drafted in 1999, during the tenure of former president Jerry John Rawlings.
Per a report by Citinewsroom.com, the National Democratic Congress (NDC), in its 2008 and 2012 election manifestos, promised to ensure the Bill was passed.
In 2010, it was presented to Parliament for consideration, and in the following year, the government signed unto the Open Government Partnership (OGP) Initiative with a commitment to pass the law.
In November 2013, the Bill was formally laid before Parliament, and former deputy attorney general, Dominic Ayine in 2015, moved the Bill for second reading in Parliament. In October 2016, the Bill was withdrawn and replaced with a new one, which was immediately laid.
Following the dissolution of the Sixth Parliament of the Fourth Republic and the swearing-in of new Parliament in January 2017, the Bill had to be re-laid by the new government before work commences on it.
Parliament finally passed RTI Bill into law on Tuesday, March 26, 2019, after several policy changes and amendments.
It will however take a one-year period to be operationalised, and its implementation could cost GHc 750 million, according to a report by the research department of Parliament in 2017.
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