Executive Director of Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA), Sulemana Braimah, has revealed that President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and the government was not interested in transparency and did not want to fight corruption, hence the refusal to pass the
His comment comes on the heels of protests by the Media Coalition members who had gone to parliament to picket to register their displeasure over failure to pass the bill into law.
The coalition on October 30, were denied entry into Parliament when the group stormed the legislative house to register their displeasure over failure to pass the bill into law.
The formation of the coalition follows the foot-dragging tactics of the two previous parliaments in passing the RTI Bill.
But commenting on these remarks on his Facebook page, Mr Braimah said: "President Akufo-Addo is not interested in having the RTI Bill passed. It would have been passed by now if he wanted it passed!"
What is RTI bill?
The right to information is a fundamental human right guaranteed by the country’s 1992 Constitution and recognized as a right under International Conventions on Human rights. The bill will give substance to Article 21 (1) (f) of the Constitution which states that "All persons shall have the right to information subject to such qualifications and laws as are necessary in a democratic society".
It was first drafted 22 years ago under the auspices of the Institute of Economic Affairs, IEA.
The draft Executive Bill was subsequently reviewed in 2003, 2005 and 2007 but was never laid in Parliament until February 5, 2010.
It was subsequently withdrawn to review some clauses.
Since then, efforts by several advocacy groups to put pressure on the duty bearers to have the Bill passed have also not yielded any positive results until now.
Observers have criticized successive governments for lacking the political will to pass the Bill.