The Minister of National Security, Albert Kan-Dapaah, has known as for sturdy collaboration between the federal government and civil society organisations (CSOs) to deepen governance constructions within the nation.
He mentioned such a collaboration ought to drive inclusive governance and a dedication to carry governments accountable.
The minister mentioned as a substitute of leaving governance to political actors alone, CSOs have to be able to work with such constructions to speed up the event of the nation.
“My advice is that CSOs should not leave governance to political actors alone. They must see themselves as part of the system. We can help our country better if we work together,” he added.
Mr Kan-Dapaah made the decision on the seventeenth annual ‘Kronti ne Akwamu’ Democracy and Good Governance Lecture in Accra final Tuesday.
The lecture is an annual occasion organised by the Centre for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana) to debate points referring to democratic improvement.
It was on the theme: “The evolution of the civic space in modern African democracy.”
In attendance have been a Deputy Attorney-General, Alfred Tuah-Yeboah; the Director of CDD West Africa, Idayat Hassan, and the Dean of the Faculty of Communication Studies of the Wisconsin International University, Prof. Kwame Karikari.
Others have been the General Secretary of the Convention People’s Party (CPP), Nana Yaa Jantuah, and the Executive Director of CDD-Ghana, Prof. Henry Kwasi Prempeh.
It additionally featured distinguished students and activists of native and worldwide reputation whose pursuits and work give attention to the promotion of democracy, good governance and inclusive improvement.
Mr Kan-Dapaah mentioned “our Constitution realises the need for accountability and, indeed, has set up a number of accountability institutions to hold the government accountable”.
“But what you will notice in practice is that most of these institutions set up by the Constitution really do not have the independence needed to be able to hold the government accountable in the interest of society,” he mentioned.
With the shortage of independence on the aspect of presidency establishments, the minister mentioned, CSOs have been the one trusted our bodies to carry the federal government accountable.
Prof. Prempeh mentioned the West African sub-region and the world at giant have been experiencing the phenomena of authoritarianism, insurgence, democratic backsliding and a shrinking civic area.
“In the Civic’s 2020 report, it noted that 87 per cent of the world’s population is now living in countries rated as closed, repressed or obstructed. These worrying trends include the disruption of peaceful protests, needless regulation aimed at shifting power from civic to political actors, digital-closure and surveillance, anti-non-governmental organisation (NGO) bills and restrictive laws, unlawful arrests and detention of activists and the like,” he added.
For her half, the Director of CDD-West Africa, Ms Hassan, mentioned in Africa, the civil society motion had progressed lately.
She mentioned actions of civil societies had turn out to be a barometer via which bizarre residents gauged democracy of their respective nations.
Prof. Karikari known as for extra discussions and debate to avoid wasting the civic area, which he mentioned was central to the well being of democracy, each within the nation and in Africa.
“We must ensure that the space does not close completely because we have gone through periods when there were no spaces at all and we had to keep fighting so hard that we lost so many of our citizens in the process,” Prof. Karikari mentioned.
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