The Ghana Police Service has given approval to the Media Coalition on the Right To Information (RTI) Bill to embark on their planned series of roadside activities to sensitize the general public on the importance of the Bill and the need for them to add their voices to persuade parliament to pass it.
A letter of Approval issued by the Ghana Police Service and dated 28th November 2018, notified the coalition that approval has been given for them to distribute stickers and flyers in some selected areas in Accra and its environs.
Major Civil society groups in the country are billed to hit the streets soon to protest the delay by parliament in passing the Right to Information Bill (RTI).
They include include Ghana Center for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana), Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI) Africa Office, Ghana Integrity Initiative (GII), Ghana Anti-Corruption Coalition (GACC), PenPlusBytes, SEND-Ghana, Civil Society Platform on SDGs, Alliance for Women in Media Africa (AWMA) and Ghana Trades Union Congress (TUC).
Others include Human Rights Advocacy Center (HRAC), POS Foundation, Center for Employment of Persons with Disabilities (CEPD), Ghana Journalists Association (GJA), Coalition of NGOs in Health, Ghana Independent Broadcasters Association (GIBA), Legal Resources Center, Media Foundation for West Africa and Parliamentary Network Africa (PNAfrica) among others.
In a joint statement issued by the Media Coalition on Right to Information, the Coalition of Right to Information, Ghana and Occupy Ghana, they argued that ‘’it is disconcerting to note that our right to information, which is a fundamental human right guaranteed by the Constitution of Ghana and recognized as a right by International Conventions on Human Rights, has not received the needed attention by our elected representatives who have failed to legislate on the matter since 5th February, 2010, when the RTI Bill was first laid in Parliament’’.
‘’The first street advocacy which involves distribution of RTI educational materials in Accra will take place on Friday November 30, 2018 between 7am-10am at the following locations: Obetsebi Lamptey Roundabout, Tudu-Accra Central, Tema Station, Accra Mall, Emmanuel Eye Clinic Traffic Lights, Ridge Roundabout, and Kwame Nkrumah Circle’’ the statement said.
The further called for the support of the generality of the Ghanaian people saying ‘’as Ghana’s choice of democratic governance requires an active participation by all in the governance process, thereby making the right to information particularly relevant, it behooves on us as citizens to join hands to demand the passage of a credible Bill’’.
See the letter of approval as signed by Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCOP) Kwaku Boadu-Pepra.