Story By Emmanuel Mylo Dadzie
The Deputy Minister for Information in Ghana, Mr. Kojo Oppong Nkrumah said that the Right To Information (RTI) Bill when passed must be coupled with diligence and hard work from journalists before any concrete achievement can be realized.
He made this known when he visited the Youth Newsroom of the World Press Freedom Day held in Accra, Ghana.
Speaking on the current state of the Right To Information (RTI) bill, the Minister said that the bill is currently before parliament and when they resume it will be up for deliberation.
“They think when the bill is passed they can just sleep and request for information,” said, Mr. Oppong Nkrumah.
However, this may not be the case, he said, as those who want to steal public funds will not do it openly in folders lying in public office but rather hide them hence, the need for journalists to delve deeper to find secrets and properly monitor those in power.
The youth newsroom which is made up of journalism students and practicing journalists across the globe is the initiative of UNESCO. It seeks to provide practical sessions and a platform for networking among young journalists by charging them to cover the various sessions of the World Press Freedom Day. Though it ends today, the Minister assured the facilitators of regular representation from Ghana.