Constitutional Impediments to Democracy
The Executive Director for Center of Democratic Development, Professor E. Gyimah-Boadi has stated bitterly that the democratic Constitutionalism in Ghana is faced with threats inherent in a Constitution that fosters “hegemonic presidency”.
He made this statement when delivering a speech at an Annual Delegates Congress of the Ghana National Association of Teachers on Campuses in Accra. Professor Gyimah-Boadi said that this happens where the President is granted vast appointing powers with no ceiling on the number of appointments he can make to the Supreme Court and the number of ministers he can appoint and added that the president has near monopoly control over the public purse.
Professor Gyimah-Boadi lamented that; constitutionalism is also undermined by the prevailing culture of paternalism and patron-clientilism. He added that in such a system, patrons dispense favors and clients show gratitude; saying that questioning the actions of patrons or asserting rights under the constitution are not encouraged or deemed as acceptable behavior. He noted entrenched public corruption and insider self-dealing in Ghana public life undermine efficiency in the delivery of state services. He reiterated the huge deficits in civic competence and political efficacy among the Ghanaian public as representing another threat constitutionalism.
Professor Gyimah-Boadi urged teachers to look forward in enhancing the role in deepening Ghanaian democracy by adopting and applying a pedagogical approach that is not regimental or oriented toward note learning.
He also called on them to teach in a manner that will promote the development of habits of critical and independent thinking as well as self-criticism, self-reflection and introspection and also help produce competent workers and professionals who are able to stand or gall on their competence, but not because they benefit from patronage and bootlicking of superiors and powerful patrons.
Reverend Dawson Amoah, who chaired the function and an assistant registrar of the University of Cape Coast, commended teachers in the country for their tremendous efforts in diverse ways.
Source: The Independent