Council of State be abolished; drain on resources – lawyer

General News of Monday, 30 January 2017



Council 1Legal practitioner, Daniel Sagu Osei

With days to the election of the 25-member Council of State, a private legal practitioner has suggested the abolishing of the institution.

Daniel Sagu Osei believes the institution has outlived its relevance because the reason for its existence is missing from Ghana’s governance system.

Speaking at the Joy FM Thought Leadership Debate on the relevance of the institution Monday, he explained the Council was set up to mediate political impasse between the President and Prime Minister.

According to him, the Coussey Committee established in 1969 to consider the governance structure of Ghana proposed the institution to “serve as a buffer institution [sitting] between the Prime Minister and President.”

The Council, he continued was later inculcated into the 1992 Constitution to perform roles that are not binding on the President.

With Ghana practicing the Presidential system of government, the Junior Partner at Kulendi @ Law said the institution has grown needless because its very foundation has been taken away.

“There is no provision for a split executive…We don’t need them [Council of State members] to resolve any dispute,” he said forcefully drawing applause from the audience who had gathered at the Alisa Hotel to partake in deliberations.