Four years is too short for Nana Akufo-Addo—Ex Prez Kufuor to Ghanaians
Former President John Agyekum Kufuor has appealed to Ghanaians to extend the tenure of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo for him to continue working to accelerate socio-economic development of the country.
He explained that for a developing country like Ghana, it takes time for a new president to restructure and fix the economy once they win elections.
Ex-President Kufuor said when a president wins an election, he comes to meet drawbacks which he has to tackle, stressing that “four-year tenure was too short.”
He indicated that though his term of office was too short to roll out all the social interventions programme he had in mind for the country, he did not tamper with the Constitution to extend his term of office.
“Knowing poor countries of the world including our country which want to go democratic and multiparty, you work your way through canvassing for votes and assume that when you get to office you will meet national treasury that will enable you do the works,” Former president Kufuor said.
He regretted a president who is elected into office get confronted with lots of challenges including resources to initiate developmental project, hence reiterated calls for Ghanaians to give another four years for the Akufo-Addo led-administration to do more for the country.
“You come and then be confronted with empty chest, no money, it takes time, when there is also majority of first-time parliamentarians, it is difficult for new administration to get their policies, programmes and social interventions approved and get development works that they have promised the citizenry to get executed because parliamentarians need time to settle,” former president Kufuor stressed.
He also proposed that they change some part of the Constitution to give a government a five year term in order for them to use a year to compose his cabinet members.
“Constituting a cabinet of 19 ministers too is difficult, I proposed every government gets five years in office because an elected government should be able to use one year out of the five-year term to compose his cabinet members to settle in and get the policy formulation getting in place.
“If you allow five-year as I tried to explain, into the second year, the executive will find its feet, legislature will know workings and then be able to hold executive to account, third year, policies laid and passed through parliament will be spreading through populace, fourth year, the government if it is worth its salt everybody will realise, fifth year, everybody is crazy because it is election year and you hardly get ministers at ministries working because everybody’s mind is on electorate and how to get re-elected.
“The citizenry’s constitution defines the state and the citizenry, by promulgating the constitution we define what the state is and institutions of state and if the constitution states four-year tenure for you as president, unless they amend constitution to lengthen the stay you can’t do it,” former President Kufuor said.