The Bill has been on Parliament’s agenda for consideration since October 2015 but is yet to be considered.
The Coalition thanked the participating MPs including Hon. Magnus Kofi Amoatey, Hon. Joseph Osei Owusu, Hon. George Kofi Arthur, Hon. Laadi Ayii Ayamba, Hon. Ama Pomaa Andoh, Hon. Kwasi Amoako -Attah, Hon. David Oppon-Kusi, Hon. Dominic Azumah, Hon. Fritz Baffour and Hon. Samson Abu for participating in the meeting.
Members of Parliament in attendance acknowledged that the RTI Bill has not been given priority in Parliament even though it has gone through various degrees of acceptance by MPs but currently
MPs have built consensus on the importance of the law.
“The proposed amendments have brought the Bill in line with international standards on access to information. The delay in the passage of the Bill has been due to the number of amendments that
need to be made. Parliament needs to find time to consider the proposed amendments and with commitment on the part of Parliament, the Bill could be passed by October 2016” were some of the observations MPs made on the Bill..
However, the MPs present were committed to be champions of the RTI Bill in Parliament and to be present and participate during the consideration of the Bill.
They however recommended that, given that the 6th Parliament barely has six months before its tenure ends, Committee members should engage their colleagues and encourage them to request for the Bill to be considered and also, MPs musconsider using other platforms that they are on, to attract the interest of their colleagues on the Bill because of the nature of the amendments which are many.
They also recommended that participants from the majority side should speak to the majority caucus and vice versa to get the Bill to be considered.
Subsequently, the Coalition is aware that Parliament has finally started the consideration process on the Bill. We are using this opportunity to urge the August House under the leadership of Hon. Edward Doe Adjaho to accord the Bill the needed attention it deserves regardless of the numerous amendments.