Political Science lecturer at the University of Ghana, Professor Joseph Atsu Ayee has bewailed the current condition of institutions in Ghana, labeling them as being in crises.
According to Prof. Ayee, it is important to note that after the collapse of the 3rd republic, Ghana has chalked some success in terms of democratic governance, however, the current state with regards to how institutions function is not worthy of praise.
“I agree that 26 years we have made some gains or some progress; no doubt about that. But I will say that the current state of institutions and democratic consolidation in Ghana may be described as either weak or in crises” he noted
Delivering his keynote speech at the 70th Annual New Year School held in Accra, Professor Ayee explained that the 1992 constitution, despite its lapses, has played a significant role in the success chalked so far as a country.
“The 1992 constitution in spite of its imperfection defect has served as very well. Indeed the 4th republic in terms of longevity is the longest. We’ve made some strides, and the constitution has provided the policy and institutional framework for the realization of a just and a free society” he said
He further stated that despite the progress made as a nation, we need to challenge the status quo.
He pointed out that one of the major challenge we face as a country is weak governance capacity.
“Ghana has been plagued by weak state capacity or weak developmental governance capacity. Here I’m referring to the inability of government to design and implement policies and programs for growth and transformation and to provide good governance…” he emphasized
The opening ceremony of the 70th Annual New Year School and Conference was held at the Great Hall of the University of Ghana on Monday 14 January 2019 under the theme, “Building strong institutions for democratic consolidation in Ghana.
The ‘week-long ‘conference seeks to provide a platform for discussion of important issues of national and international concern.
Story by: David Quaye/universnewsroom.com