The coalition for the Right to Information (RTI) has launched a signature campaign to enforce the passage of the Right to Information bill now before Ghana’s Parliament into law.
In an email sent to all member organizations of the coalition, Ms. Esther Ahulu RTI Project Officer in Accra calls for the usual cooperation from member organizations and members of the public to sign up early to the signature campaign. She pointed out that “as most of us are aware, the RTI Bill is one of the bills to be considered by Parliament for its sitting from October 27 to December 21.
The Bill is at the consideration stage where the whole House is expected to debate on the proposed amendments by the Committee on Legal, Constitutional and Parliamentary Affairs for adoption and subsequent passage. As a result she says that the current stage is very critical in ensuring that Ghana gets a good RTI legislation.
“In view of this, the Coalition is embarking on a signature campaign to solicit for signatures from the general public to petition Parliament to adopt the Committee’s proposed amendments on the Bill and pass it into law before its (Parliament) lapses on January 6, 2017.
“The Secretariat is by this email appealing to members to assist in collating as many signatures as possible from the general public to be sent to Parliament.
Ms Ahulu appeals to all member organizations to use a form attached to the email whenever and wherever their organizations carry out any program to solicit participant’s signatures.
She also asked member organizations to invite personnel from the secretariat to attend programs of member bodies to help in soliciting for the participant’s signatures.
Members according to Ms. Ahulu can also solicit for signatures from Churches, Mosques and other meetings attended by their members and non members so as to help reach as many people as possible.
According to Ms Ahulu,”We have also initiated an online campaign to enable us reach out to more people. The link to the online campaign will be sent to members to sign up after which members can also share it among their contacts to help us gather as many signatures as possible”. She ended by saying
“We are counting on you for your usual support in achieving the expected outcome”.
Top members of the coalition such as Mr. Akoto Ampaw, Ms. Afua Dougan, Mr. Vitus Azeem, Mr Suleimana Brimah and many more commended the RTI secretariat for the initiative and added their voices and expressed their views on the importance of the signature campaign and lamented over the failure of previous regimes in Ghana to pass the RTI law saying the time has come for law to passed.
Some members of the coalition in reply to the email have posed the question whether Mr Alban Bagbin really does not wish to have the RTI bill passed urgently.
They call on the Secretariat to get him to confirm saying that the Bill will be passed next year? He is alleged to have said this at a campaign event in his Constituency adding that as the Majority Leader, if he has said this, it is worrying.
Ms Esther Ahulu provided the address and contact details to all those wishing to reach the secretariat of the RTI coalition;
P.O Box CT 6136, Accra
Tel: +233-302 971170/269508889, 0266862395
Fax 0302 244819
Alhaji Alhasan Abdulai
EANFOWORLD FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
P.O.BOX 17070AN 233244370345/23327483710/ 233208844791