Parliament is on course to pass The Right To Information Bill into an Act this year.
The Bill, gazetted on the 31st of July, 2013, has been with Parliament for years, and civil society groups, especially media practitioners have been engaging and lobbying The House to pass it into law, as obtains in other democratic jurisdictions, like the advanced countries.
The right to information is a fundamental human right, guaranteed by the Constitution. It is recognized as a right by The International Convention on Human Rights.
The purpose of The Bill is to give substance to Article 21 (1) (f), of The 1992 Constitution, which states that “All persons have the right to information, subject to such qualifications and laws, as are necessary, in a democratic society”.
Delivering his welcome address, at the first sitting, of the second meeting of the fourth session, The Speaker, Edward Doe Adjaho, asked The House to give priority to The Bill, which is currently at the consideration stage, before plenary.
So far, The House has amended clauses 1 and 2 of the 30 page memorandum booklet, before The MPs. Here are excerpts from the floor of Parliament.
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