The Speaker of Parliament, the Rt. Hon. Aaron Michael Ocquaye seems to have had enough of the pressure and has warned Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and pressure groups to back off with the pressure being exerted on the legislature for the passage of the Right To Information (RTI) Bill.
‘’Recently when parliament is still working hard to pass the Right To Information Bill, certain persons and institutions are acting as if we are droning off on the Bill, this is fallacious. The Bill has seen several years and several parliaments. We have done 80 percent of the work already and we will finish the Bill fully I believe and professionally on or before the end of February 2019. The public should please trust us and leave us alone for now, to do a good job. We are committed to passing the Bill and we are working towards it. No Civil Society Organisation should at this bleated hour jump on our backs and pretend as if they are the people who are interested in the passing of this Bill’’ he said at a recent forum.
But Executive Director of the Media Foundation for West Africa, Sulemana Braimah says he is not surprised at all at the outburst of the speaker of Parliament.
According to him, that has been the attitude of leaders in the country, continuous postponement of passage the Bill with varied reasons.
According to him, the President, the Vice President, the Speaker of Parliament and Ministers of State have all at some points promised and gave definite dates on which the Bill would be passed to no avail.
He explained further that political leaders can no longer be trusted as far as the RTI is concerned.