NEW YORK CITY, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has assured that the Ghanaian government is committed to passing the Right to Information (RTI) Bill into law very soon.

My government intends to pass the Right to Information Bill into law very soon. We know that transparency protects officials and the public in the dealing with the public purse. The public has the right to know what politicians and the public officials do in their name, he said.

President Akufo-Addo said this in a speech read on his behalf by Professor George Gyan Baffour, the Minister of State in charge of Planning, at this year’s Concordia Summit here Tuesday. The Concordia Annual Summit is a gathering of leaders of prominent businesses, governments, and non-profit organizations for effective partnership to examine the world’s most pressing challenges and identify avenues for collaboration.

President Akufo-Addo reiterated his government’s commitment to the fight against corruption to drive investment and create the most business friendly economy. He said corruption remained a debilitating factor in the management of public financing despite efforts by past governments, resilient policies and mechanisms being taken to identify and punish such acts.

He added that he had declared his assets two weeks of taking office and he had directed the Criminal Investigation Department of the Police Service to investigate every single allegation of corruption or financial malfeasance against Government Ministers and appointees.

He said the Government was also setting up, by an Act of Parliament, an Office of the Special Prosecutor to investigate and prosecute offences of corruption in order to build integrity and restore trust. He said the country could not move forward without tackling corruption and the government was redoubling efforts to fight the cancer in order to ensure sustainable development. �