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South Dayi MP commended for key Role in Passage of RTI Bill

The Majority Leader of Ghana’s parliament has heap praises on young lawmaker for South Dayi Constituency in the Volta Region, Hon Rockson-Nelson Etse Kwami Dafeamekpor, and other MPs for their key role to the smooth passage of the Right to Information (RTI) Bill into law on Tuesday March 27,2019.

While applauding the Speaker and his two deputies, Mr Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu who is Member of Parliament (MP) for Suame, commended the South Dayi lawmaker and the likes of young members for their impeccable contribution to the businesses of the august House, especially on the RTI Bill.

In a word of commendation to members of parliament after the passage of the RTI Bill, the Majority leader singled out Rockson-Nelson Dafeamekpor, MP South Dayi,
Bernard Ahiafor, MP Akatsi South, Ben Abdallah Banda, MP Offinso South and Chairman of Constitutional, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs, Matthew Nyindam,MP Kpandai and First Deputy Majority Whip, Inusah Fuesini, MP Tamale Central and Ranking member on Constitutional, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs and Hon Joseph Yiele Chiere, MP Wa West.

Other MP that were equally acknowledged were, Frederick Opare Ansah, MP Suhum,Yaw Buabeng Asamoah, MP Adentan, Dr Dominic Ayine, MP Bolgatanga East, Shaibu Mahama, MP Daboya/Mankarigu as well his own colleague Minority Leader,Haruna Iddrisu, for their patients, contributions and comments that led to successful passages of the RTI Bill.

The Majority leader consistently recognised the South Dayi MP contribution in the august House, for his significant and in-depth contribution to matters pertaining to legal issues on the floor of parliament.
However, Hon Dafeamekpor said, he is humbled by parliament recognition of his contribution on matters of the public interest adding,” My focus is how we improve the laws we made.

“I have practices law for years and in court we see how some of these laws passed by parliament became subject of contention and I will not want to be part of parliamentary regime that will make laws and later found something wrong with them in court,” he stated.

The South Dayi lawmaker noted that the only way he could be actively be part of the institutional memory is to contribute to the making of the laws on the floor of parliament, stressing that, “that is core mandate of parliament as the law making body.”
The acknowledgement of his contribution he said, served as motivation to him to continue to contribute to the development of parliamentary democracy in the country.

According to him, as a young Legislator, he paid much attention to issues on the floor, attend sitting regularly, help in drafting and correction of bills and follow the procedures of the House to be able to contribute meaningfully.

He said, since he entered parliament on January, 2017 he had never seized to learn and that, he has developed interest in the parliamentary legislation and legal matters on the floor, stressing that, he draws inspiration from other Senior members, specially the Minority Leader Haruna Iddrisu and the Majority Leader, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu.

Hon Dafeamekpor who served on the Constitutional, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee of parliament also commended the Speaker, Rt Hon Prof Aaron Mike Oquaye, for always recognition and giving him the opportunity to contribute to issues on the floor.

The RTI law provides for the operationalisation of the constitutional right of Ghanaians to information held by public and some private institutions, subject to exemptions that are necessary and consistent with the protection of public interest in a democratic society.

The Bill was first drafted in 1999, reviewed in 2003, 2005 and 2007 but was only presented to Parliament in 2010. It was brought back to the Sixth Parliament but could not be passed till the expiration of that Parliament on January 6, 2016.

The Bill was again relayed before Parliament in March last year by the Deputy Attorney General and Minister of Justice Joseph Kpemka Dindiok, after the previous parliament at the last minutes failed to pass it into law.

The RTI Bill which would become a complete law after the President assent to it, will ensure that citizens can freely demand for information without interference.

Bills are usually debated by both sides of the Houses of Parliament. If a member feel strongly about a clause of Bill that Parliament is considering and think changes should be made to it, he could raise it on the floor or at the committee stage.

During the consideration stage, MPs may have an opportunity to speak and vote on a clause or entire clause of the Bill, but may not have to vote the way their constituents ask them to but they will usually want to know their constituents’ views and may take them into account.

At the consideration stage, changes can be made to a Bill during its Committee and Report stages and the promoters of the Bill could also table an amendment to the Bill before it is debated at the third consideration stages.

Source: therepublicnewsonline.com/Felix Nyaaba


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