Media must lead crusade to publicize Constitution review process

Constitution Review Pix

Constitution Review Pix



Ho, March 4, GNA – There is the need for a-media-led crusade to create the interest in the Ghanaian populace in discussions and other processes leading to the final make-up of the 1992 Constitutional review.

Mr Emmanuel Kwame Mensah, Project Officer of the Advance Media Institute (AMI), a media development NGO made this observation during a sensitization seminar on government White Paper on the submissions of the Constitutional Review Commission (CRC).

He said constitutional reviews were serious issues coming once in a long while, and must involve almost all other people and not the experts alone.

Government in 2010, constituted a Constitutional Review Commission to among other things ascertain the views of the people on the workings of the 1992 constitution, in particular its strengths and weaknesses and suggest areas that needed to be reviewed.

The Commission, chaired by Professor Albert Kodzo Fiadjoe, submitted its report in December 2011 and a government White Paper was subsequently issued accepting most of the recommendations.

Mr Mensah told the 25 Journalists from the print and electronic media across the region that the review outcomes had not been circulated well enough for an important subject as a constitutional review.

He said the constitution was about governance, responsiveness of governments to the people, accountability, rights and responsibilities of the people and therefore there ‘needn’t be that gap as exist now between the review processes and the majority of the people’.

Mr Augustus Bosrotsi, Volta Regional Director of the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) said the review exercise was timely to make the constitution meet contemporary needs of the people.

GNA

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