The Attorney General, Gloria Akuffo, believes the Right to Information Bill will help improve Ghana’s on governance and democracy when passed.
She made this remark at an ongoing Stakeholder forum on the RTI bill in Parliament on Tuesday, May 8, 2018, when she emphasized the law will protect individuals who provide any information in the interest of the public.
“The Bill seeks to protect persons who disclose information or authorize the disclosure of information for the protection of the public interest, so persons are not liable to criminal or civil proceedings for the disclosure or authorization of information. The enactment of the Right to Information Bill 2018 is essentially for the promotion of good governance,” indicated madam Akuffo.
The RTI bill was reintroduced after several back and forth, in March 2018 under a certificate of emergency, but the House was recently recalled by the joint committee upon deliberation and recommended that it should be given more time for further input.
At today’s forum was Parliament’s joint committee on Constitutional, Legal and Parliamentary affairs and Communication, some civil society groups who were invited for their input for a possible amendment of the Right to Information Bill.
The three day forum is expected to be the last effort to fine tune the document before it is finally passed into law.
Key among the stakeholders were Minister for Justice and Attorney General, Gloria Akuffo, representatives from the Ghana Institute of Journalism, Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice,(CHRAJ) the Ghana Independent Broadcasters Association (GIBA), Academicians and MPs.
Majority leader, Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu in his opening remarks said a clear distinction must be drawn between what information can be accessed free of charge and which needs discretion.
The Bill is in the hands of the Constitutional, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee of Parliament.
The ranking member on the Constitutional, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee, Inusah Fuseini has said the bill which is in the interest of the country when passed into law will bind the Private Sector as well.