CDD-Ghana Statement Commemorating "World Access to Information Day"
On the occasion of “World Access to Information Day”, the Ghana Center for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana) salutes individuals, organizations and democratic institutions that have been working to promote transparency in governance and the right of citizens to access public information.
Although significant progress has been made in providing a legal framework for passing the Freedom of Information Bill in Ghana, CDD-Ghana is dismayed by the unnecessary delays that have characterized the process and truncated efforts made by various groups, including civil society to pass the Bill.
We therefore call on the Government of Ghana to take bold and decisive steps toward enacting the bill in keeping with its obligations under various international protocols including the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights which emphasize the right of persons to access information.
In particular, we call on the Parliament of Ghana, to speed up the process of passing the Bill which is currently before it. Access to information is crucial to Ghana’s democratic development and the quest for transparency, accountability and the prudent management of national resources for development.
We also urge all stakeholders including the media, Civil Society Organizations and the citizenry to rekindle efforts aimed at getting the Freedom of Information Bill passed.