Attorney General Rejects Constitution Overhaul; Advocates Institution Strengthening

In a recent interview commemorating Constitution Day, Godfred Yeboah Dame, Minister of Justice and Attorney-General, emphasized the importance of strengthening existing institutions rather than hastily pursuing a new constitution. Dame underscored that while there’s a clamor for a new constitution, such calls must undergo rigorous scrutiny rather than being swayed solely by popular sentiment.

He highlighted the 1992 Constitution’s ability to uphold democratic principles, human rights, and constitutionalism, citing its alignment with international standards over its three-decade existence. “Allegations for constitutional reform have become fashionable, with some advocating for a complete overhaul,” Dame stated.

However, he stressed the necessity for an objective assessment of the constitution’s relevance to current national life and its alignment with international benchmarks for democratic orders. While acknowledging the need for periodic assessments and some amendments to specific provisions, the Attorney General dismissed the frequent agitation for an entire constitutional review as unnecessary.

Instead, he emphasized fortifying institutions to enhance government accountability and promote the proper functioning of Ghana’s economic and social framework. Dame highlighted certain constitutional provisions, including articles 78(1), 11(7), 55, and 243, as areas needing urgent reform.

He advocated for reforms within these sections but urged a focus on empowering institutions rather than wholesale constitutional changes. His stance underscores the belief that Ghana’s Constitution, born out of years of peaceful evolution, remains robust in establishing the foundations for a accountable democratic system.

The Attorney-General’s emphasis on reinforcing institutions aligns with the vision of maintaining a constitutional framework that safeguards democratic values while adapting to the evolving needs of the nation.