President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has said the country needs to be cautious of calls to review the 1992 Constitution.
He explained that the constitutional arrangement has over the years assisted served strongly, hence, his unwillingness to make a hasty decision.
“To change the constitutional arrangement that has assisted its durability, we should be very careful of how we go about it,” he said.
This comes when a section of the Ghanaians are campaigning for an amendment of the constitution.
Conveners of the #FixTheCountry campaign have said the 1992 Constitution cut off issues about the youth of the country, hence a need for reform.
But President Akufo-Addo calls for caution.
According to him, he never agreed to the methods by which the undertaking to change the constitution was done when “one of my predecessors, the late Professor Mills, made to revise the constitution.”
“I feel very strongly on that point, and that is why I have not leant my support to the idea of this wholesale review in the constitution.”
President Akufo-Addo further mentioned that “I don’t believe the [revision of the] constitution is the work of the president of the Republic.”
He also noted that the only Republic that endured in the context of the country’s history is the 4th Republic, as it has lasted nearly 30 years.
“Having regard to the difficulties that our country has had to arrive at a multi-party constitutional dispensation that is endured and the 4th Republic is the one that has endured.
“We saw the 1st Republic which had its own problems; authoritarian rule, one-party rule. We had problems in the 2nd Republic; we had problems in the 3rd Republic, all of it to a short-lived,” he said.
He, however, indicated that “the one area which I thought required action was the one that I put before the country was the extension of multi-party democratic rule to local government.”
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