Executive Director of the coalition of Right To Information Bill has decended heavily of President John Mahama saying he considers the RTI Bill in parliament as petty.
Jonathan Owusu in an interview with Maame Yaa Emefa Coffie on “Kasiebo No Coequal” said the president’s inability to ensure the passage of the bill which will give Ghanaians the opportunity to get information from stakeholders at all times but for seeing the passage of other bills proves the little regards the president has for the RTI bill.
He said, some bills have been to parliament and has been passed within ranges of one and two weeks, but the RTI bill is almost 13 in the hands off our legislature but has not been passed.
According to Mr. Owusu, the president statement that he cannot force the Law makers to pass the RTI bill is false and result of his less interest in the passage of the bill.
He was responding to the President who during his GBC evening encounter after a question posed by the president of the Ghana Journalist Association, GJA Mr. Affail Monney on his concerns in the passage of the RTI bill.
President Mahama said he cannot force the law making body of the country to pass the bill.
“I can’t force them [Parliament] to pass it,” he said.
The Right to Information Bill has been in the hands of parliamentarians for close to 13 years without it being passed into law.
The media fraternity has been much peculiar about it passage but to no avail as some parliamentarians says it (RTI Bill) requires much time to be read through before it passage.
Some Ghanaians say the RTI bill when passes into law will hold government accountable for everything hence a delay tactics being played in its passage.
President Mahama on the other hand has said, the passage of the bill into law will create the transparency Ghanaians call for.