As part of efforts to solicit stakeholder inputs in the reformation processes of the Constitution, the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) has engaged personnel of the Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS) in Accra.
The engagement, which is one of the series of engagements with Security Services, was part of the annual constitutional week celebration, on the theme, “Three decades of uninterrupted constitutional rule: revisiting the agenda of reforms.”
Mr Victor K. Brobbey, a member of the Commission, said the engagement was in line with the provisions of the constitution itself which allowed for stakeholder engagements for the amendment processes.
He said, “engaging stakeholders for their inputs as to what they want changed and maintained is the best way, just as the constitution itself provides.”
He said the 1992 Forth Republican Constitution was the only constitution of Ghana that had lived for 30 years, saying 30 years in the life of the constitution was achieved through improved efforts for constitutional protection.
Mr Brobbey said the constitution played an important role in the governance of the country, and that constitutional reforms had become very necessary.
“Constitutional reform has become the order of the day, and an ongoing process, hence the need to engage stakeholders. There should be amendments which will make the Executive accountable, call for an increase in the ability of Parliament and the Judiciary to play their roles.”
Mr Brobbey said, “We expect that issues that will be raised will not be what are normally raised in respect to constitutional amendments in the past, and challenges. They should be suggestions that that will make the constitution more effective.”
Deputy Chief Fire Officer, Tony Gomez, Director Welfare, GNFS, commended the NCCE for the engagement to enlighten and broaden their knowledge on the Constitution, while advocating for a development-oriented constitution instead of a political constitution in the future.
He said the NCCE over the years had worked tirelessly with very little resources and recognition and appealed to the Government to resource the Commission for them to be able to deliver on their mandate and gain the needed recognition by the people.
The NCCE later presented copies of the constitution to the Service.