Vice President of the Ghana Medical Association (GMA), Dr Justice Yankson, says successive governments have not shown any commitment to reviewing the ex-gratia for Article 71 office holders.
He contended that since the Constitution Review Commission’s report was presented, none of the two leading political parties have initiated steps to implement it, especially recommendations regarding the amount paid as ex-gratia to public officials.
“If you look at the posture of the two sides, the two main parties – NPP and NDC, when this report came up, it’s become so clear that this was going to water a lot of the privileges, the powers that had been granted the political elites per the 1992 Constitution.
“You can see per their actions that they want that to happen and that is actually going against us as a people. Clearly, there hasn’t been any demonstration of true commitment on the part of the political elites and if you look at it, we cannot say that everything in this report would have been perfect for every single individual,” he said.
Dr Yankson added that certain provisions in the Constitution need to give way for fresh amendments, saying such reviews could be made only if the recommendations in the Commission’s report are implemented.
“We’ve practiced the provisions in the 1992 Constitution for three decades now and clearly we are all at the point where we realise that certain things would have to give way; we need to have some changes and we had a nice opportunity in this and it looks like we’ve thrown this away.
“We need to go back and be dispassionate about these things and correct the wrongs that we are doing to ourselves,” he said in an interview on Newsfile on Saturday, June 11.