The National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) in the Akatsi South Municipality of the Volta Region has embarked on activities to ensure national cohesion and inclusive participation in governance.
The NCCE, through town hall meetings and cinema shows, sensitised the citizenry on the provisions of the 1992 Constitution of Ghana.
Reverend Vincent Adzika, the Akatsi South Municipal Director of the NCCE, at a town hall meeting with chiefs and residents of Wute, a community within Akatsi South, said: “It is not by chance that great nations are bond together amid challenges and individual differences.”
The exercise, on the theme: “Empowering Ghanaians to Stand for National Cohesion and Inclusive Participation,” was in collaboration with the Ministry of National Security.
Rev Adzika said national cohesion could be a success when citizens from different backgrounds and social statuses deliberately desired to come together with the consciousness of mutual dependence to build a peaceful nation.
Mr Kenneth Kponor, the Volta Regional Director of the NCCE, commended members of the Wute Community for their commitment to civic education activities, and said security consciousness must be the civic responsibility of all.
“House owners should know whom they are renting the rooms to, drivers should be sure of the kind of loads they accept to convey on behalf of unknown persons,” he said.
Mr Kponor noted that Ghana could be safe and free from violent crime and external aggression only if the citizenry made the conscious effort to unite and report criminal elements and their activities to the law enforcers.
Chief Superintendent Joseph Atsu Dzineku, the Akatsi South Municipal Police Commander, assured participants of the commitment of the police to fight crime in the Municipality.
He appealed to all to give out vital information that would help eliminate criminal activities in the country, with the assurance that their identities would be kept a secret.
Mr Dzineku encouraged the people to use the Alternative Dispute Resolution Mechanism (ADR) to help reduce the high number of cases at the Police Station.
He also disclosed that cases such as rape, defilement, murder, and drug-related issues should be reported to the Police without delay.
Torgbui Agbakpe IV, Chief of Wute, who chaired the event, urged participants to be law-abiding and be available to give out the necessary support to law enforcement agencies in guiding Ghana’s young democracy from external aggression.
Other communities within Akatsi South would also benefit from the exercise.