General News of Thursday, 22 March 2018
Member of Parliament [MP] for Manhyia North constituency, Collins Owusu Amankwah says President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo cannot be blamed for the delay in the passage into law the Right To Information (RTI) Bill.
According to him issues of National Security are very critical cases that need to be well looked into and drafted before made public for use.
“This will protect the affairs of the state as well as citizens, since not all information of the state have to be made public”, he said.
Speaking on UTV’s ‘Adekye Nsroma’ programme, Collins Owusu Amankwah indicated that cabinet has endorsed the RTI Bill and have expressed optimism for it to be laid before parliament for passage, but this does not give a hundred percent [100%] assurance that parliament will at all cost pass it into law or accept exactly what cabinet have sent to the house.
“We will send it back to cabinet for redress should we find a fault with the document sent to us. Our motive is to do an excellent work as we protect the image of our country, therefore we cannot be forced to accept a document we are not satisfied with per the laws binding the House”, he told Tweneboah Kodua host of the show.
The Manhyia North MP advised members of the largest opposition party [NDC] not to deliberately think they can put pressure on the government to do a shoddy job.
“They should exercise patience and watch us in action do what they couldn’t do when they had the baton to act”, he added.