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Akufo-Addo Signs RTI Bill

President Nana Akufo-Addo has hinted that he gave presidential assent to the Right to Information (RTI) Bill, without reading the Bill.

The Preidential consent effectively translate the bill inti a working law after the Ghanaian Parliament passed it some few weeks ago.

The bill has already come under heavy criticism as a “rod and carrot” bill which give the general public serking access to officially information a maze of unnecessary bureaucracy.

Contrary to the initial expectations for an RTI law, the current law fo not outlines a number of processing to accessing information that will prove particularly unhelpful to the media, experts have critiqued.

At a signing ceremony today, President Akufo Addo gushed enthusiastically that he received the Bill on Monday and decided to sign it off on Tuesday simply because he had promised to sign it immediately it got to his desk.

Already, some stakeholders of the media are raising issues with aspects of the Bill, which though has been signed into a law in 2019, will only become operational in 2020.

 

Source: therepublicnewsonline.com

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