General News of Monday, 7 January 2019
The Information Minister has defended government for setting aside a day for national introspection on the country’s Fourth-Republican constitutional democracy.
Kojo Oppong Nkrumah said the Constitution Day is not a day for mere fanfare but called on all to reflect on the constitutional democratic journey of the country.
Speaking to Joy News’ Roland Walker on the AM Show Monday, he said, “it a day for reflecting on how we have come here, what the Fourth Republic constitutional democracy is, the parts that are working well that needs to be deepened and those parts that need to be examined.”
The Offoase Ayirebi MP said all over the world, there are talks of how to build a better nation and Ghana setting aside a day like the Constitution Day is a laudable idea.
He said traditionally there is a day set aside to celebrate Republic Day on July 1, but the Constitution Day is giving the country’s constitutional democracy the deserved recognition and putting the celebration in context.
The Fourth Republic starts on the January 7, a day on which presidents and parliament are sworn into office to start the business of governance.
The Akufo-Addo government is of the view that that day must be recognized for what it is and celebrated.
This year’s celebrations start off with a public lecture in Accra but Mr Oppong Nkrumah hints it will be celebrated at the district levels from 2020.
“The activities at the district level will cause all of us to come to that national conscientiousness and examine how we can build upon this democracy,” he said.