“The appointment of MPs to state corporate boards is antithetical  to good governance” – Henry Kwasi Prempeh

Henry Kwasi Prempeh
Henry Kwasi Prempeh

Renowned lawyer Henry Kwasi Prempeh says appointment of Members of Parliament to the board of state corporations is antithetical  to good governance. 

It has become a norm in Ghana when it comes to Presidents appointing Members of Parliament to serve on the boards of State corporations and State Owned Enterprises.

However, Mr. Henry Kwasi Prempeh says the practice of appointing Members of Parliament to the boards of State Corporations directly opposes good governance.

According to him, this practice must be halted because it undermines both Parliament’s oversight role and sound corporate governance in the State Owned Enterprises sector.

The law Professor further added that the constitutional provisions which makes the President to appointment Members of Parliament as Ministers of State is bad but appointing Members of Parliament to the boards SOE is not compelled by the Constitution or best practice, and it has zero, indeed negative, governance
value.

He also called on the President Nana Addo-Dankwa Akufo-Addo to end this bad practice in the interest of good governance, or the Speaker of Parliament must exercise his prerogative under Article 98(2) of the Constitution to disallow it.

In a Facebook post, Henry Kwasi Prempeh said;

“The appointment of MPs to state corporate boards is antithetical  to good governance. It undermines both Parliament’s oversight role and sound corporate governance in the SOE sector. It must stop. Having MPs double as Ministers in our system is bad enough, but that, for now, is what our Constitution mandates.

MPs as board members is not compelled by the Constitution or best practice, and it has zero, indeed negative, governance value.

The President must end this bad
practice in the interest of good governance, or the Speaker must exercise his prerogative under Article 98(2) of the Constitution to disallow it. This is low hanging fruit when it
comes to reforming the way we do business in this town.”

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SOURCE: Talkingdrum.com.gh

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