Former President J. A. Kufuor
Former President J. A. Kufuor

Former President Kufuor
Former President J.A. Kufuor

Politics must be focused on the development of society through people. Politics must be focused to the extend to which individuals can unit to forge a common course, a common course which must inure to the benefit of the masses of the country.

Governance is a product of politics. Power to govern comes out of political engagements which is mostly based on superiority of message from the party that wins power to govern.

The exercise of that power must then be to the benefit of the masses. For this reason, that power must operate within a specific time that would allow the government to roll out its plans for the nation. That time should not be set to a number of years which could turn against a government that?takes decisions for the long term, whiles it favors those who takes decisions which are only beneficial in the short term. The punishment is that, the government that takes long term decisions may end up being voted out after its 1st term but a second term given to a government that is focused on short term policies which would collapse soon after the second term expires.

What this would lead to, would be the throwing away of a government that had set a strong economic foundation for a take off whiles rewarding those who may collapse the foundation, but rather?clandestinely, cover their backs and allocate the proceeds of the collapse to individuals to help fight a course for a second term which would only come to light after the second term which often affects a?new government from a different political party in place.

It is important to ensure that a government in power is given ample time to roll out projects that can be assessed over the medium term and their effects determined in the long term. By so doing,?the foundations laid would be glaring in our faces and when the bid for a second term is sought, we can make a vivid assessment of the government over the years and then decide to give or withdraw the mandate.

I remember vividly President Kuffour proposing the extension of the term of office of a president. I never rejected that idea. What delighted me most was that, he stated emphatically that should the nation decide to grant an extension in the term of office of a government, it should start from the next government. I perfectly agree to that proposal and would throw my little weight if any at all behind it.

If as a nation, we agree to extend the term of a president going forward, we can begin putting in?place measures to get that done. The Constitutional Review Committee is still ongoing with it?s mandated duty and such could be adopted and put up for a referendum for the people of?Ghana to decide. This would mean the government that would be formed after the 2016 elections would begin enjoying the extended term.

As it stands, 2016 is an election year and one could not determine which way the elections would go and so, such an idea should and must be looked into and adopted for the common good of the people of Ghana. For this reason, I will add my voice to the call made by Former President John Agyekum Kuffour that the term of a president be reviewed from the current 4 years to about 6 or 7 years. He is a former president and had had experience that could have guided him to make those comments and I would have no reason to object to his proposal.

My concern is for Ghana to development and we must adopt political climates that are suitable for our status. There are models that we can study to guide us. But, we should be guided by the need for modification. We should not measure our political success to the number of governments we have formed over the years, but the number of developments we have achieved over the years.

Source: ASK!

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