Parliament Finally Passes RTI Bill After Two Decades | Hot Digital Online
Parliament has granted the wish of civil society actors, journalists and other key stakeholders with the passage of the Right To Information (RTI) bill into law after decades of delays. Information Minister, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah announced on Sunday, March 24, 2019, in Accra that the bill was going to be passed this. There were doubts about Government's commitment to passing the bill this week after several years of similar promises not being honored. The first RTI bill was drafted by the executive arm of Government in 2002. The draft executive bill was subsequently reviewed in 2003, 2005 and 2007. After the review, it was never laid before parliament until February 5, 2010. On Friday, March 22, 2019, the Speaker of Parliament, Prof. Mike Oquaye halted the third reading of the RTI Bill. The third reading of the RTI Bill had been advertised on the Order Paper for that day's business of the House, but the speaker asked that it should be deferred since there had been further proposals and