A Local Government Expert, George Kyei Baffour has bemoaned the politicization of the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) which he says has rendered the state institution ineffective in the discharge of its duties.
The NCCE is a very important state agency in Ghana responsible for the education of Ghanaians on civic matters. The commission was established by Act 452 of the Parliament of Ghana in 1993.
The commission is run by a seven-member committee headed by the commission’s chairman, two deputies and four members. The committee’s membership is through appointment by the President of Ghana upon the advice of the Council of State.
Any one of the members of the commission must by law be a Ghanaian who possesses all the characteristics that qualifies one to be elected as a Member of Parliament and must also be a non executive in any political party.
But speaking to host Henry Lord on Ejura Sekyedumase based Naagyei 90.3 Fm Tuesday, Mr George Kyei Baffuor emphasized on the need for a conscious effort to depoliticize the NCCE.
“I know some NCCE senior officers who when a political party assumed power applied through the party’s machinery to bid to be elected District Chief Executives, when they failed they returned to assume their positions as District officers. This picture shows that these people are inclined to a particular political party. I’m a witness to an NCCE District Director who in the run-up to the elections was seen sitting in a political party vehicle sharing food to agents, such a man is politically tainted and cannot do his official work fairly as he should be doing.
“If you look at where Mrs Charlotte Osei was working [NCCE] before she was appointed the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission, as a political watcher some of these things tell a lot of stories to you. As a nation we must sit up and ensure that the NCCE which is key to the development of this country is devoid of political colourations.”