Stalwart of the New Patriotic Party, Mr Kwame Pianim has called on Ghanaians to be blunt with the President and question him on some appointments he makes.
He also made Ghanaians aware of the fact that they are empowered by the 1992 constitution to hold him[President] accountable if some of his decisions do not sit well with them.
The astute economist served these words of encouragement to Ghanaians while delivering a speech at the John Evans Atta Mills Heritage at the Cedi Conference Centre at the University of Ghana on February 1 2022, under the theme: “The man John Evans Atta Mills – 10 years on”.
“I do not believe that those who are saying, we need a new constitution. The constitution we have, with a few judicial adjudications can be brought to light, a few changes.
“We don’t need to overhaul or get a new constitution. What is wrong with the constitution are us Ghanaians. The president has too much powers but the president doesn’t pass laws.
“There are 275 MPs sitting there, they are supposed to approve the ministers, not the president. So we say yes they are the Ministers, we have the Council of state who are supposed to make certain appointments in consultation with or on the advice of.
“I don’t know what documents they say the president should bring when it is in consultation with them or on the advice of. So it is not the president who has too much powers, it is us to stand up and be courageous to say, Mr President, these persons you want to occupy this position is not good enough, they are not experienced enough.”
Former President Mahama who also graced the occasion called on Ghanaians to emulate Professor J E A Mills peaceful nature.
He also attested to how truthful and how much of a political colossus his boss was and these characteristics are worthy of emulating.
“I call on each one of us Ghanaians to uphold truth and integrity and the peaceful nature of Prof Mills. Let us stay united even in the face of adversity, let us uphold tolerance yet we must endeavour to proceed in unity and in truth, we must also strive to defend the cause of freedom and we must fervently the public course to protect our democracy.
“Prof Mills was such a moral political colossus and there can e no limit on the vehicles and instruments that eulogises his memory and history in the hearts and minds of Ghanaians,” he said.
Mr Mahama further stated the rationale behind the Heritage, saying it seeks to inspire humanity for a better society,
Mr Mahama further noted the Professor “Mills grew the economy to an unprecedented level.”