1992 Constitution Surpassed Its Purpose – Former Methodist Bishop
A former bishop of the Methodist Church of Ghana, Diocese of Kumasi, the Right Reverend Professor Osei Safo-Kantanka, called for a second review and immediate revision of the constitution of Ghana of 1992.
He is of the opinion that the constitution has exceeded its target and that it is time for a full review to be carried out to amend and ensure that the national document meets the desired demands of its citizens.
#FixTheCountry activists after taking to the streets pulled out a grassroots message, calling for a total amendment to the 1992 constitution.
Calling the existing 1992 constitution “undemocratic,” movement officials are seeking the signatures of a million Ghanaians for a petition calling for a new constitution for the country.
While speaking on Akoma FM’s political and current affairs program, GhanAkoma, on Friday, August 27, the former Bishop of the Kumasi Diocese of the Methodist Church, The Right Reverend Prof Osei Safo-Kantanka , joined the movement but cautioned that “although I am not part of the #FixTheCountry movement, I think it is high time, as Ghanaians, to have a discussion about changing several aspects of our constitution of 1992, because it exceeded its objective ”.
Rt Rev Prof Osei Safo-Kantanka discussed other aspects of government systems including the chiefdom and land ownership system which has created a huge housing deficit in the country.
He further advised leaders and politicians to cut back on the many promises that raise false hopes, as he references excerpts from his forthcoming book.
Professor Safo Kantanka noted that “excessive political promises aggravate the legal mentality and the dependency syndrome which is a scourge for development”.
Constitution Review Commission
The late former president, John Evans Atta Mills, inaugurated the Constitutional Review Commission on January 11, 2010.
The Constitutional Review Commission was established under the Investigative Instrument of the Constitutional Review Commission, 2010, CI 64.
Chaired by Professor Albert Kodzo Fiadjoe, the Commission was responsible for:
a) Obtain information from the people of Ghana on the functioning of the Fourth Republican Constitution of 1992 and, in particular, on the strengths and weaknesses of the Constitution;
(b) Express the concerns of the Ghanaian people on the amendments which may be necessary for a complete revision of the Constitution of 1992; and
c) Make recommendations to the government for consideration and provide a draft law for possible amendments to the 1992 Constitution.
The Commission submitted its report to the government on December 20, 2011 and since then it has remained on the shelf.