Send Ghana in partnership with Asiribisi a Community Based Organization in the West Mamprusi Municipality has organized a sensitization workshop on the Right To Information Bill.
The program brought together civil society organizations, the media, the clergy, education service among others. Participants were taken through benefits of the bill if passed into law and further pointed out clauses in the bill that needs rectification and amendments.
The facilitators for the program made up of Mr. Ibrahim Tiyumba of CHRAJ, Mr. Jonathan Derby and Mr. Makido Azam both from SEND Ghana, stressed on the need for citizens to speak up for the various clauses to be amended since it might be difficult to rectify after it is passed.
Mr. Sulemana Fataw Nantomah, the Director of Asiribisi in an interview with Savanna24.com, explained how necessary the program was considering the number of times SEND Ghana and Asiribisi together with other civil society organization have been raising concerns on this subject all to provide Ghanaians an opportunity to hold authority accountable. He added that the President made a promise of ensuring the bill is passed into law and so there was the need for a continuous reminder to make the bill passed.
He questioned why it took parliament less time to pass the Special Prosecutor’s bill but taking same Parliament more than necessary period to pass the RTI into law.
The Director for NCCE in the Municipality Mr. Issahaku Abdallah lamented on how the department is struggling with limited resources in sensitising the citizenry. According to Mr. Issahaku Abdallah the department does not even have a motorbike for movement and for that matter function from the support of NGO’S and CBO’S.
He called on parliament to pass the bill into law to enhance Ghana’s democracy.