Journalists in the Upper West Region have challenged the government to demonstrate its commitment to fighting corruption by passing the Right to Information Bill into law in the first quarter of this year.
Chairman of the Upper West Regional Branch of the Ghana Journalists Association Sualah Abdul-wahab said it is unfortunate the past and current administrations have failed to pass the bill since 2003 after it was laid before parliament.
Mr. Abdul-wahab was speaking at media soiree organized by the Upper West Regional Coordinating Council at Wa.
The occasion was attended by journalists and media practitioners, heads of department and security agencies.
It provided the platform for media to ask pertinent questions affecting the development of the region.
It also afforded the Regional Minister Alhaji Sulemana Alhassan the opportunity to brief the media on the performance of government in last one year in office.
The Regional Chairman of GJA, Abdul-wahab commended the Regional Coordinating Council for the support its offers to the media in the performance of their duties in the region.
He gave the assurance that media practitioners will continue to exhibit high sense of professionalism by being fair, balanced and objective in their reportage.
The Regional Chairman of the GJA however expressed disappointment that in spite of the promise by the government to pass the Right to Information Bill before the end of last, that promise has not been fulfilled.
Upper West Regional Minister Alhaji Sulemana Alhassan lauded the efforts of the media in propagating government’s policies and programs to the people.
The touched on the Planting for Food and Jobs, Free Senior High School initiative, the completion of the Upper West Regional Hospital, tarring of the Wa-Han-Tumu road, felling of rosewood trees and measures being put in place to curb armed robbery in the region.
The Regional Minister said the challenges confronting the implementation of the Free SHS program will be addressed to ensure that every Ghanaian of school going age has access to free secondary education.