Groups to march for Right to Information Bill

The Right to Information (RTI) Coalition is to hit the streets of Accra on January 27 with a public awareness march dubbed “Thousand-Man March,” to register their protest at the continuous delay in the passage of the RTI Bill.

The Thousand-Man March is being organised jointly by the RTI Coalition in collaboration with the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiatives, Civil Servants Association of Ghana, Ghana Trades Union Congress, Ghana Journalists Association, The Editors Forum, and the Moslem Associations.

Others to participate in the march are Ghana Centre for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana), Media Foundation for West Africa, Publish What You Pay Ghana; Human Rights Advocacy Centre; Tertiary Institutions and cross section of the general public.

In a statement to the Ghana News Agency in Accra on Wednesday, Nana Oye Lithur, RTI Convener, said a notification letter had been sent to the Greater Accra Regional Police Commander, Deputy Commissioner of Police Rose Atinga Bio.

The Coalition explained that the Public March was being organised with the aim of increasing public awareness on the RTI Bill as efforts were underway for the passage of the law by Parliament.

According to the organisers, the March will commence at 0600 hours at Kwame Nkrumah Circle, Obra Spot, through the Kwame Nkrumah Avenue to the Ministry of Justice and Attorney-General’s Department, Accra.

In an interview with Ghana News Agency, Nana Oye said while acknowledging the effort of Government over the last few months on the Bill, “we need to intensify the public awareness campaign to ensure that Ghanaians understand the issues at stake”.

Source: GNA

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  1. Thomas Anthony Aikins says

    I fully endorse the march as it is necessary for public and other informed persons to debate the issue even before being passed as Bill

    There have been many examples that even Acts passed are non implementable because the issue was either not fully discussed or that other proposals given by infomed persons were ignored

    I therefore support the need for public debate on the Bill for Right of Information

    Opanyin Ankwandah Aikins

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