I must, first of all, congratulate you on your approval by parliament as the substantive minister of Information. Congratulations are in order Sir!!
I have absolutely no shred of doubt in my mind as to how fast you will rise through the ranks to be a presidential candidate of your party NPP someday. That’s my wish and prayer for you sir.
In as much as I admire you since your days at Joy Fm, I must confess you’re one of my role models.
Becoming a minister now gives me much joy Sir, my joy Stems from the fact that you’re the minister of INFORMATION which to me is the ultimate office you could be to indeed be visible to advance the government’s agenda while you’re in the limelight to realizing your dream and that gives me hope.
Kojo, you will be assessed in your office based on your ability to aid your colleagues in the inky fraternity to access information without qualms or worry at all.
If Evans Mensah of Multimedia, Bernard Avle of Citi FM, Jonathan Donkor of Ghanaian Times, Fred Duodu of Daily Guide in the Volta Region and my good self as freelance journalist who for the lack of information must be struggling to hold government officials and politicians accountable will mean you have woefully failed us.
In as much as you struggled to deliver and be recognized as one of the best journalists in Ghana, having the opportunity to make it easier for your friends in the media will be applauded.
A bill sitting in parliament for the past 14-years received a number of a deadline of passage from the president H.E Nana Addo hence a further delay will mean you and your government have deliberately refused to grant the wish of Ghanaians.
Hon. You have distinguished yourself over the years and I will be so saddened that you veer into any kangaroo style of passing this Right To Information Bill at the last hour as attempted by the previous government.
Throwing dust into the eyes of the ordinary Ghanaian and pretending to have been making moves in passing this law in the last minute will be shambolic to say the least.
My mom will always say “if you pretend to die; we would pretend and bury you”. Kojo! Charley if you pretend to pay lip service to this RTI Bill, we would also pretend and Vote you out. Simplicita!
The right to information Bill would have been passed if it were a loan; True/False? Hon KON. You would sign a letter calling parliament back from recess just to approve loans and take an allowance for it.
I remember vividly on May 3, during the World Press Freedom Day, almost all the speakers couldn’t end their speeches without reminding you and your government to grant the citizenry access to information through this bill. You were there, you nodded to most of the speeches, your predecessor Dr Mustapha Hamid assured all of us of government’s commitment to passing this bill. What has changed sir? If it was dust you attempted throwing into the eyes of all those distinguished personalities from across the globe you must rethink! You can’t play us for a fool. The Ghanaian citizen wants right to information while the spectators like KT Hammond can continue ranting.
If you love NPP and your MPs, kindly pass this bill. If you think we would ever start the equalization and blame game as to why the NDC didn’t pass this Bill, just ask yourself a simple question!
Why is the NDC in opposition?
Journalists in this country are not fools Mr Patriot. If for nothing at all, you’re much aware of how much information the generality of Ghanaians depends on the media for.
Been an MP and with the majority side in parliament is not only enough to rally for the passage of this bill but as a cabinet minister, your impact must be felt.