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CSOs and religious bodies urged to join crusade for the passage of the Right to information Bill into law


The Northern Regional Chapter of the Coalition on Right to Information-Ghana has appealed to Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), political parties and religious bodies to join the advocacy crusade for the passage of the right to information bill (RTI) into law.
The coalition was worried that, parliament has not given the needed attention towards the passage of the bill into law.

It said, the passage of the bill into law was long overdue and expressed its disappointment about parliament’s inability to pass the bill into law during its last sitting before it went on recess.
In a statement issued in Tamale and signed by Mr Mahama Zakaria, the regional Coordinator to mark World Press Freedom Day said, the lukewarm attitude adopted by parliamentarians towards the bill are only to serve their parochial political interest to continue running away from accountability and transparency.
The statement is also demanding from the joint committee on Communication and Constitutional, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs to make the six selected consultative regional report last year available to the general public.
This, the statement said would enable stakeholders deliberate further on the RTI Bill towards its passage.
The Northern Regional Chapter further called on the leadership of parliament to table RTI Bill high on the agenda in their next sitting which is expected to commence on May 2012.
The statement reminded government about its election campaign promise during 2008 elections to ensuring the passage of the Bill into law .
World Press Freedom Day is day set aside by the General Assembly of the United Nations to commemorate the fundamental principles of press freedom around the globe and to pay solemn tribute to journalists who have lost their lives in the line of duty.  This year’s celebration was on the theme;“new voices, media freedom, helping to transform societies”.
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