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I’ll happily sign RTI Bill into law – Akufo-Addo

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I’ll happily sign RTI Bill into law – Akufo-Addo

I’ll happily sign RTI Bill into law – Akufo-Addo

President Akufo Addo has indicated his readiness to sign the much-awaited Right to Information Bill into law soon after it is passed by Parliament.

“Mr Speaker, I’m happy to state that as you know, Parliament has virtually completed its deliberation on the Right to Information Bill and any moment from now the nation will hear the news of its long-anticipated passing. I will happily assent to it as soon as it’s brought to my table,” President Akufo Addo said while delivering his third State of the Nation Address in Parliament on Thursday, February 21, 2019.

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The Right to Information Bill, when passed, will take effect only in the 2020 financial year.

This follows an amendment proposed by the majority leader and Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu on Wednesday.

Financial provision for the implementation of an RTI law had not been made in the 2019 budget.

That, according to Mensah Bonsu, makes the implementation of the RTI bill when passed into law improbable.

“So I guess what we could do is to say that the act shall come into effect in the 2020 financial year,” he stated on the floor of Parliament.

“We need to train information officers. We need to have information officers allocated or in some cases constructed.

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“So we’ll urge government then that if there will be any supplementary estimates some allocations should be made to start this in earnest so that into the next financial year which is 2020, we shall have a full-scale implementation of the right to information bill,” he added.

Mensah Bonsu’s position was unanimously accepted by the House.

The Speaker of Parliament, Prof. Aaron Mike Ocquaye, December last year asked civil society groups to “leave” parliament alone to finish work on the RTI Bill.

According to Prof. Ocquaye, Parliament has completed 80% of work on the bill and will pass it by February 2019.

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The RTI bill was laid before Parliament by the Deputy Attorney General Joseph Kpemka Dindiok in March this year.

It has been 22 years since the first RTI bill was drafted under the auspices of the Institute of Economic Affairs, IEA and 16 years since the Executive arm of government in 2002 drafted the first RTI bill.

The draft Executive Bill was subsequently reviewed in 2003, 2005 and 2007 but was never laid in Parliament until February 5, 2010.

Source: kasapafmonline.com

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“Nana Addo is Ghana’s Worst President Ever; He Should Have Resigned By Now” – Bulldog

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Bulldog has rated Ghana’s sitting President, H.E Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, as the worst the country has ever had in history.

The controversial artiste manager and showbiz pundit opined this during a talk show on 3 FM yesterday.

According to tom him, the President should have even resigned by now for failing to perform up to the task and the expectation he gave Ghanaians.

We all most politicians are liars but Akufo-Addo seemed or looked like he was going to be different. When he started his campaign and was talking and talking, you know, he is the worst president ever,” he said whilst speaking on 3FM.

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During the interview hosted by MzGee, Bulldog added that the President must even resign by now with his Vice, Dr Bawumia, behind bars, for once donating expired products to people in the Nothern part of Ghana.

He and his hypeman Bawumia … that’s his hypeman which vice? What job does he do? This is a man who should be behind bars. They went to the North to go and share food that has expired to people,” he said.

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Investing In MenzGold Is Better Than Trusting Akuffo Addo’s Government – Manasseh Awuni Azure

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Investigative journalist Manasseh Awuni Azure says he is not really impressed with the performance of President Akufo-Addo thus far.

In a Facebook post, he stated “In 2017, I was optimistic. Today, I look back and realize that trusting this government is worse than investing in Menzgold. Even they could not resist the temptation to continue the SADA(NDA) and GYEEDA(YEA) scandals they used as their campaign message in 2016. “

He went on to state;

“I wrote a long article praising President Akufo-Addo when he declared war on galamsey. In my view, it was genuine. I wrote a long article praising the president when he appointed Martin Amidu as Special Prosecutor,” he says.

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“I praised the Attorney-General and the government for their fight against corruption when the A-G ordered the police CID to investigate into the Robbing the Assemblies story even before I finished the series. In 2017, I was optimistic. Today, I look back and realize that trusting this government is worse than investing in Menzgold. Even they could not resist the temptation to continue the SADA (NDA) and GYEEDA (YEA) scandals they used as their campaign message in 2016. I’m just beginning to realize that even the soap I got instead of the smartphone I paid for is fake. Yes, fake soap.”

It is obvious the award-winning journalist feels ‘scammed’ by the dispensation of the president after what he says is a below-par performance which makes him lose hope in his leadership.

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Bawumia Missing in Action as Gov’t Inaugurates a 50-Member Committee to Stop the Cedi Depreciation

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In the attempt to forestall further depreciation of the GHC, the government has inaugurated a committee to investigate the causes and propound corrective solutions to them.

Named the FX Development Committee, this endeavor is a fulfillment of a promise made by the finance ministry last year to constitute a bi-partisan committee to look into the problem and help address it.

The Deputy Finance Minister of Finance, Charles Adu Boahen, at the inauguration, stated that the FX Development Committee is not usurping the powers of the central bank.

He said the committee will complement the efforts of the Bank of Ghana in curtailing the usual poor performance of the cedi against other major foreign currencies.

“The formation of this committee is not to infringe on the independence of the central bank in its foreign exchange operations,” he said.

The Deputy Minister explained that the committee will also review the current forex regime, identify the inherent constraints in the system and offer workable alternatives by way of policies and programmes which potentially would reduce FX risks in the economy.

“The committee is also to critically look at the role of automation and digitization as a critical enabler of FX reforms,” he stated.

The cedi last year depreciated by more than 12.7 percent, the worst performance since 2015 when the cedi depreciated by more than 14.6 percent.

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Chaired by the Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta. The members of the committee are drawn from the Office of the Vice President, Bank of Ghana, Agriculture Ministry, Ghana Union of Traders Association (GUTA), Association of Ghana Industries, some universal banks among other key stakeholders.

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