The Media Coalition on the Right to Information has began a nationwide sensitization tour to meet the media and to impress on the government on the need to pass the Right to information Bill (RTI BILL) Now.
Addressing the media from around the Brong Ahafo region at the ST Anselm Anglican church-Sunyani on the 22nd of January 2019, Mr. Clement Akoloh, managing editor, Africa News Radio and member of the steering committee of the Media coalition on RTI, said the journey for the passage of the RTI has not been easy, it has encountered unnecessary delays in parliament, with parliament always playing” tricks and cosmetics” with it.
According to him,because the bill is not passed, the media are not much privy to some vital informations hence the asking of irrelevant questions at times.
Mr. Clement Akorloh therefore urged the media to use ttheir platforms, be it morning shows, news, etc, to educate the general public on what the bill contains and the benefit the citizenry stands to gain if it comes to stay.
Speaking to Nana Akosua Ansah of Dinpafm in an exclusive interview,He cleared the miscpnception that, the RTI Bill is going to empower only the media, adding it is the right of the citizenry enshrined in the 1992 constitution.
Therefore, if the ordinary Ghanaian including traditional leaders and opinion leaders,are involved in the campaign, pressure will be mounted on the governement to pass it as early as possible.
The RTI Bill was first drafted in 1999, 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, 2017.
It has encountered withdrawals and re-lays till now amidst demonstartions from the media and other civil society organizations.
Although it is in the consideration stage now, what is the guarantee that it is going to be passed soon?
The media coalition on the RTI are therefore calling on all the Media Houses to come onboard to intensify the campaign and make the country hot for our members of parliament untill they see the need to tackle and pass it urgently.