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The National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) has praised Parliament for its efforts in passing the Right to Information (RTI) Bill into law.

The Commission said it was happy that the Bill had finally been passed after two decades and, therefore, congratulated the Seventh Parliament of the Fourth Republic for the Law.

A press release signed by Madam Joyce Affutu, the Director of Public Affairs, NCCE, and copied to the Ghana News Agency, commended all Civil Society Organisations and the media for their strategic role in persistently advocating for the passage of the Bill.

The statement quoted Article 21(1)(f) of the 1992 Constitution of Ghana, which states that ‘all persons shall have the right to information subject to such qualifications and laws as are necessary in a democratic society.

Madam Affutu said the NCCE was of the view that the passage of the RTI Bill into law would further enhance public accountability and citizens’ responsiveness to issues of national concern whilst improving transparency as a hallmark of true democracy.

She noted that the NCCE would continue to embark on Anti-Corruption, Rule of Law, and Accountability Programmes (ARAP), and encouraged Ghanaians to take full advantage of the Law to collectively fight corruption in Ghana and demand accountability from duty bearers.

“We urge Parliament to expedite the passage of the Legislative Instrument to the RTI Law to make it functional,” she added.

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The Ghana news Agency (GNA) was established on March 5, 1957, i.e. on the eve of Ghana's independence and charged with the "dissemination of truthful unbiased news". It was the first news agency to be established in Sub-Saharan Africa. GNA was part of a comprehensive communication policy that sought to harness the information arm of the state to build a viable, united and cohesive nation-state. GNA has therefore been operating in the unique role of mobilizing the citizens for nation building, economic and social development, national unity and integration.

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