Tailors in Techiman Municipality of Brong-Ahafo have sent a strong signal to prospective politicians who will be canvassing for votes in the area to fasten their belts as they have vowed to thoroughly quiz them about their commitment to the Right to Information Bill.

The Tailors say they will among other things consider politicians who are ready to champion the immediate passage and effective implementation of the Bill.

It is the belief of the Tailors that the Bill is one of the key mechanisms that can help arrest corruption as well as ensure participatory governance.

Speaking in an interview during a float at Techiman to create awareness about the delay in the passage of the Bill, the Chairman of the Tailors, Emmanuel Kwadwo Nyare, described the Bill as ?a laudable tool? for development.

The float was organized by the Brong-Ahafo Regional Chapter of the Coalition on the Right to Information Bill as part of activities to commemorate this year?s Right-To-Know Day.

Mr. Nyare stated that prior to the float and an education by the Coalition, the Association was of the view that such a Bill is a preserve of the elite but they have come to realize that it is in the best interest of all.

He said the platform has really educated them about how important the Bill would be when it is passed, hence their call for all to impress upon Parliament to pass the Bill.

In her address, the Vice Chairperson of the Brong-Ahafo Network of NGOs, Theresa Adjei-Mensah, educate the floaters on the genesis of the Day.

 

The goal of RTK Day, she noted??is to raise global awareness of individuals? right to access government information and to promote access to information as a fundamental human right.

 

She noted the core principles of Right to know as expressed by the Open Society Justice Initiative are: access to information is a right of everyone and the right applies to all public bodies.

She entreated the participants to pressure on politicians who come to them for vote to commit themselves to ensure the passage of the Bill.

The floaters carried placards which some of them read ?Politicians don?t take Ghanaians for granted?, ?Right to information is not a threat to National Security?, ?Crucify corruption by passing Right to Information Bill?, ?Right to information will facilitate development?, ?Information denied; threatens our democracy?, ?Freedom of Information is the touchstone of all freedom?, ?Ghanaians have the right to know?, ?Amend and pass the Right to Information Bill now?, ?Information is power; give power to the people? ?Right to Information will enhance rule of Law?, ?Joint Committee, is two years not long enough to produce a report on the RTI Bill to the floor??

 

Source:?Pat Aboagyewaa

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