Pass Right To Information Bill – GCRN

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Representatives of five community radio stations of the Ghana
Community Radio Network (GCRN) are calling for an urgent passage of the
Right to Information (RTI) bill in the country into law.

According to the group, the constitutional right to information
points out provisions to existing laws that promote access to
information such as section 16 of the Local Government Act 462.

This was contained in a statement signed by representatives of all
five community radio stations of the GCRN namely; Radio Breezy of
Ajumako-Bisease, Central region, Radio Gurune of Bolgatanga, Upper East
region, Radio Progress of Wa, Upper West region, Radio FM of Wenchi,
Brong Ahafo region and Radio Simli of Dalun, Northern region

The decision was eached after the group participated in a two-week
internship training on the right to access information from 4th-15th of
August, 2014 organized by the Africa office of the Commonwealth Human
Rights Initiative (CHRI).

It noted that “efforts to have an effective RTI Bill into law to
facilitate the constitutional right to information should not be seen as
the preserve of the elite in society but rather a collective effort
from the general public.”

The group also noted that even though this move comes with enormous
benefits, it is surprising to know that leaders have refused to expedite
action on the Bill to meet international standards and best practices.

“The delay in amending and passing into law, a Bill that has the
potential to transform the everyday lives of ordinary people is a
betrayal of public trust in the institution of parliament and a failure
of parliament to secure the interest of constituents” the statement

In view of this, the group has therefore called on the leaders of the
country especially parliamentarians to have the Bill amended and
enacted into law immediately.


Kofi Oppong Kyekyeku

I am a Ghanaian Broadcast Journalist/Writer who has an interest in General News, Sports, Entertainment, Health, Lifestyle and many more.

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