The National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) has urged Ghanaians to stand and oppose persons who intend to overthrow the 1992 Constitution.
The call was made by the acting Chairperson of NCCE, Kathleen Addy, on Tuesday, May 10.
She said let us all rise and “reject the purveyors of chaos, those who advocate for the overthrow of the constitution”.
She spoke at a public lecture to kickstart the commemoration of Constitution Week across the country organised by the Commission.
She called on Ghanaians to take great pride in the three decades of uninterrupted constitutional rule under the Fourth Republican Constitution, adopted in 1992.
“The NCCE believes that having continuous Constitutional rule for 30 years is a milestone that must be celebrated, recalling the chequered political history and the overthrow of three previous Republican Constitutions,” she said.
She, however, acknowledged calls for constitutional reforms. This, she said, there must be “a comprehensive national debate” on the matter.
In the meantime, however, she made it clear that it was the responsibility of every Ghanaian to defend and uphold the constitution.
“As citizens, we are all enjoined to uphold and defend the constitution and resist any person or group of persons who seek to overturn or suspend it,” she said.
“At the same time, the constitution must evolve to remain relevant and continue to meet the people’s aspirations. This is why citizens must form an integral part of any reform process. The constitution’s framers anticipated a time like this and hence outlined clear procedures for amendments.”
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