Progressive People’s Party (PPP) has called for constitutional and public governance reforms to help solve teething problems impeding the development of the country.
While supporting the ongoing social media campaign christened, #FixTheCountry, the party said Ghana would not see any major developmental change until certain portions of the 1992 Constitution were amended.
The party was against the ‘too much power given to the president by the constitution and called for reforms.
At a press conference in Accra on Wednesday, May 12, 2021, the National Chairman of the PPP, Nana Ofori Owusu called for a review of the constitution to prevent the president from making certain appointments, particularly, the appointment of 50 percent of his ministers from among the Members of Parliament (MPs).
The PPP’s national chair also called for an amendment of Article 88 of the constitution which makes the Attorney-General (AG) also the Minister of Justice.
That, the party said, “makes it difficult to deal with political corruption cases”.
The PPP was also not happy with Article 78 (1) of the constitution that states that “ Ministers of State shall be appointed by the President with the prior approval of parliament from among Members of Parliament or persons qualified to be elected as Members of Parliament, except that the majority of Ministers of State shall be appointed from among Members of Parliament”
According to the party, the above provision had weakened the ability of Parliament to put the Executive in check and demand accountability.
“The selection of at least 50 percent of ministers from the legislature denies Parliament the needed brilliant human resource to become ministers”, Nana Ofori Owusu said.
He added: “Again when an MP becomes a minister, the time he or she has to perform parliamentary duties becomes significantly reduced since they will have to spend a lot of time doing the work of the Executive”.
The party further called for an independent AG to empower the office to effectively deal with political corruption cases.