‘Seek interpretation of public policies’

A Law lecturer of the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA) Ernest Kofi Abotsi, has encouraged Ghanaians to seek the interpretation of the Supreme Court on matters of public policies to provoke parliament to pass laws to address gaps in policy decisions.

He said parliament, on its own, might sometimes not be sensitive to the needs and aspirations of the people they represent in their law-making function.

Mr. Abotsi, was presenting a paper on “Interpretation or Judicial activism: Exploring the effects of Judiciary decisions on Public Policy Development in Ghana,” at a symposium on law and public policy held in Accra yesterday.

The event, which was organised by Noble Law, a  legal advocacy and research  non -governmental organisation, on the theme, “Laws that work, rethinking Ghana’ s national development plan,” meant to advance  public discourse on public policy as instrument for sustainable development.

Mr. Abotsi explained that the 1992 Constitution of Ghana reflects the aspirations and interests of Ghanaians, adding that as judges interpreted the constitution, they dabbled in policy making which usually provoked policy response from state institutions.

He cited the recent judgment given by the court for the disclosure of the  the transaction regarding the rebranding of metro mass bus and urged the public to have confidence in the Judiciary.

The Minority Leader in Parliament, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Mensah, decried the ineffectiveness of Parliament in its oversight responsibility over the executive, and stressed the need to make the institution of parliament effective  in making  laws to  regulate the governance of the country.

He said if Parliament were effective, it would have saved the country from “huge resources” that ended up in individual pockets at the expense of the general wellbeing of the people.

Mr. Osei-Mensah-Bonsu, who is the Member of Parliament for Suame, in the Kumasi metropolis in the Ashanti Region, questioned whether the right calibres of people were being elected to parliament for effective law-marking.

The Director of Policy Co-ordination at the National Development Planning Commission, Dr Isaac Osei Bonsu, underscored the need for attitudinal change to ensure effective enforcement of the laws for sustainable development of the country.

 By Salifu Abdul-Rahaman


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