Vice President Mahamdu Bawumia has intimated that he hopes the Right To Information (rti) Bill to be passed within the first 100 days in office of the Nana Akufo-Addo led government.
Speaking at a Good Corporate Governance Initiative event this past Tuesday, January 31st, Dr. Bawumia highlighted that the transparency the aforementioned bill would bring would help the fight against corruption.
"We are going to have to push parliament to make the necessary amendments and if I had my way, it should be passed within these first 100 days of this government," and added that; "It brings transparency in our governance."
The RTI Bill has been before parliament for more or less a decade, with both National Democratic Congress (NDC) and New Patriotic Party (NPP) governments both being accused of dragging their feet with regards to passing it.
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Last year, following the NDC's defeat at the December 7th polls, the then Mahama led government tried to pass the RTI bill. Although the then Minority Leader, Hon. Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu, and other Minority MP's threatened to walk out of the parliamentary session should the then NDC Majority proceed to pass the bill.
The Right To Information - otherwise known as freedom of information - is an internationally recognized fundamental human right, giving every citizen access to information held by government bodies.