Ras Mubarak, a former NDC Member of Parliament for Kumbungu, took the bold step to file his nomination to represent the people of the Northern Region in the Council of State election which will come forth Friday, 12 February 2020.
Speaking to Citi News, Mr. Mubarak who is confident of winning says he will prioritize the needs of assembly members when elected into the office.
“At the end of the day, we are looking at how we can compensate or how we can encourage assembly members for their sacrifices to the country.”
“Whether you like it or not, the assemblymen and women are the bedrock of our decentralization system. Without them, we don’t have a decentralization system,” Mr. Mubarak said.
In an earlier statement, Ras Mubarak said he will include youths to play key roles in the council of state. Youths being in such offices will make them feel relevant in decision making.
“My decision to contest was arrived at after extensive consultation with family, friends, leading figures in our country from the major political parties, some opinion leaders from the Northern Region, who have all counseled that, Ghana would be best served if young people are part of the democratic process.
“With diversity and inclusion come better decision-making. What’s needed at the Council is a combination of senior citizens, women, and youth.”
The Constitution mandates the Council of State under Article 89 to counsel the President in the performance of his functions.
President Akufo-Addo has already made his 11 appointments to the Council of State for his second term.
The composition of the Council will be completed with the election of regional representatives.