President Nana Akufo-Addo on Tuesday wrote his name in the history books of the country when he gave assent to the Right to Information (RTA) Act at the Jubilee House, seat of government in Accra.The assent means Article 21 (1) (f) of the Constitution, which states, “all persons have the right to information subject to such qualifications and laws are necessary in a democratic society”.
However, the implementation of the law has been deferred from this year to the year 2020, due to the financial consequences of its implementation.
In a statement, President Akufo-Addo commended the Parliament for working hard to pass the legislation, adding that it was his expectation that the passing of the RTI would enhance the quality of governance in the country.
“I am very happy that this law has finally been passed and I did make the commitment when it was brought to me, that I would give my assent to it right away. It was, in fact, brought to me Monday afternoon.
“But on second thought, I felt that I should sign it in the plain view of the Ghanaian people for you to know that this long-winding parliamentary process has finally come to an end,” he said.
The process for the RTI law was started in 1999, but it has been through turbulent times for the past 10 years until it was signed by President Akufo-Addo on Tuesday.