Seasoned Journalist, Kwesi Pratt Jnr. has dissented to the proposal by former President John Agyekum Kufour for the scrapping of the Council of State.
Ex-President Kufour, speechifying at a forum organized by the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) in Accra on Tuesday, November 22, stated that the Council of State should be replaced with a Second Chamber to perform its functions.
He called for an amendment of the 1992 Constitution saying, “I have gone through all these periods and I have come to the conclusion that perhaps, what our constitution should have, is to temper the extremes of our democracy. It is not Council of State but a Second Chamber well-composed on the basis of democracy”.
Tackling the matter during Peace FM's 'Kokrokoo' programme, Mr. Pratt sought to find out how unique this Second Chamber would be from the Council of State as he believes it will consist of the same people on the Council.
"Who are those going to be in the upper chamber? Is it that they are unique people? Are they more special than those in Parliament or those currently in the Council of State? What is the difference? What difference will the second chamber bring? Is it not these same Chiefs in the Council of State who are going to the second chamber? Is it not the same professionals in the Council of State going to the second chamber?", he questioned.
To him, "it is not calling it a Council of State or second chamber or fourth chamber that matters but rather the work they will do and the result of their work as it will bring us relief and ensure our progress. It is not just nomenclature".
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