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A private legal practitioner, Captain Rtd. Nkrabea Effah-Darteh has rubbished calls for the amendment of the constitution to get presidents serve for more than four years.
The former deputy Local Government Minister under the Kufour administration was reacting to a suggestion by former Executive Director of the National Service Scheme (NSS), Dr. Michael Kpessah Whyte, who is advocating for the tenure of presidents to be extended to seven (7) years instead of four years.
Dr Kpessah Whyte, who is also a lecturer believes when the tenure is extended, it will help get politicians to be realistic with their promises and live up to expectation in terms of policy implementation.
He also noted it will “minimise acrimony” because presidential candidates “will not deal with manifestoes but developmental plans” that will show to Ghanaians the sector they intend to work on when voted into power.
But speaking to Oheneba Boamah on Power FM, Mr Effah-Darteh kicked against the claims and said any serious president can work within the four years to effect positive change in the country.
To him, when the tenure is extended, it will make room for laziness on the part of appointees.
“Whiles going round campaigning, you must have at the back of your mind those who’ll be your ministers. You don’t have to come and give excuses that appointing your ministers delayed your progress,” he advised presidential candidates.
“When you appoint your minister’s and you trust them, what’s your problem,” the private legal practitioner said while he advised that presidents give ministers defined targets to make good use of the four year mandate given them.
The former MP for Berekum also disclosed that ministers waste time attending funerals, weddings and receiving visitors which doesn’t help them perform, making it seem they don’t have enough time to perform.
Mr Effah-Darteh maintained when targets are given presidential appointees to meet and are checked well, there should not be the need for changing the four year tenure.