Annual Constitution Week to focus on accountability of public officers
This year's Annual Constitution Week which starts from April 28 to May 4, 2018, will focus on accountability from public office holders.
The engagements which will also emphasise on Transparency is under the theme ‘Our Nation, Our Heritage: Consolidating Ghana’s Democratic Gains.
The National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE), in 2001 adopted April 28 of every year to commemorate the day Ghanaians decided through a referendum to endorse and accept the 1992 Constitution as the fundamental law of the land.
The Commission’s Annual Constitution Week, therefore, serves as a reminder for Ghanaians to safeguard the 1992 Fourth Republican Constitution of Ghana.
Ghana can boast of over two decades of sustained constitutional rule and periodic elections some of which saw a peaceful transfer of power from one democratically elected government to another, a feat that remains envious in the democratic history of Ghana.
However, there are weak spots such as citizens’ low demand for accountability from duty bearers and low transparency in public office holders’ engagements with citizens.
Accountability is one of the principles in good democratic governance and the NCCE is convinced that public office holders and the general public can contribute to sustaining Ghana’s democracy by upholding the principle of public accountability as the bedrock of our young democracy.
The 2018 Constitution Week activities seek to draw the attention of politicians, public servants, District and Municipal Assemblies, Traditional Authorities, Youth Groups, NGOs, CSOs, Business Associations, Political Parties and the media.
It is aimed at upholding critical values of governance which include respect for rule of law, demand for accountability and transparency, dedication to duty as well as civic participation in governance, especially at the local level.
In the NCCE's quest to helping sustain Ghana’s democracy, the general public including security services would be engaged on the significance of the 1992 Constitution.
This will be looked at against the backdrop of preserving, protecting and defending the Constitution, even at the peril of the individual's live.
This year marks 25 years of uninterrupted constitutional rule under the 4th Republic.
The NCCE, therefore, urges Ghanaians to consciously help consolidate the gains made so far in the country’s democratic journey by upholding the principles of public accountability.