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Right to Information Bill is Finally a Law. H.E Akufo-Addo Gives Assent Today.

Today the 21st of May, 2019, H.E Nana Addo Danquah Akufo-Addo signed the Right To Information Bill Into Law.

The bill which has been before parliament for close to two decades after its first introduction in 1999 by the Ghana Institute of Economic Affairs, was assented to at a brief event at the Jubilee House -  nation's seat of presidency.

In March 2018, the Right to Information Bill, 2018 (2018 Bill or Bill) was placed before Parliament. At Ghana’s 61st Independence Day celebrations, which also took place in March, the President of Ghana made a statement confirming the government’s commitment finally to pass the Bill and he repeated that on 2 May 2018, at the main UNESCO celebration of World Press Freedom Day, which took place in Accra. Source: (Ghana: Right To Information Bill, 2018)

What is A right Information Bill?
A right to information law entitles citizens to ask for and get any information at all from the government or any public institution, generated in relation to their active lives as citizens of a country, unless in special cases pertaining to national security and public safety.

With this law, creatives can enquire about contract costs, government decisions with regards to the creative and cultural industry in Ghana, procurement details of public works, goods and services, and all other information relevant to Ghanaians.

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