The National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) on Tuesday affirmed the relevance of the annual event which seeks to make the 1992 Constitution become a living document “embossed” on the minds and hearts of Ghanaians for deepening of democracy and good governance.
“Ghanaians still need to deepen the culture of democracy, muster the courage to resist violation of their human rights and develop the tenacity to resist dictatorship of all forms,” Ms Josephine Nkrumah Chairperson of the Commission stated.
Ms Nkrumah in an interview with the Ghana News Agency on the relevance of commemorating the annual Constitution Week which was instituted in 2001, noted that “let no one deceive you, our democracy is still fragile and, we therefore need constantly to be on guard against any overthrow or attempted overthrow of government”.
She said the 1992 Constitution stood as a pillar to our democracy and demonstrated the tenacity of Ghanaians throughout history to maintain their liberties and freedom, and to ensure those inalienable rights to every citizen.
The NCCE Chairperson said the tradition of celebrating the Constitution Week which started in 2001, attested the fact that it was a living document which guided our daily lives.
She said it was the responsibility of every Ghanaian not only to defend any attempt to overthrow democratically elected governments but also guard against any infringement of fundamental human rights of any individual or group of people especially the vulnerable group.
Ms Nkrumah noted that Ghanaians had benefited from the annual celebration of the Constitution through various platforms across the country, and citizens had had the opportunity to understand the responsibilities for protecting and defending the Constitution.
“NCCE and its partners continue to educate citizens on how to preserve our democracy for posterity; informing the people that the Constitution is the basis for Ghana’s great heritage and the foundation for the way of life; and to encourage the study of the Constitution,” Ms Nkrumah noted.
The 2018 celebration is on the theme; “Our heritage, Consolidating Ghana’s democratic gains,” with particular focus on public accountability and transparency. It would involve holding of public fora for identifiable institutions including, Ghana Armed Forces, National Fire Services, Immigration Services and the Ghana Police Service.
The commemoration also hinges on three thematic pillars: education on anti-corruption, enhanced public accountability, Ghana and environmental governance.
Other activities to be undertaken across the country include media discussions on the Constitution, as well as engagement with public and civil servants and communities on transparency and accountability.
The NCCE would also led a clean-up exercises across the country, visits to identifiable groups at the regional and district levels and civic messages to faith-based organisations across the country.
Ms Nkrumah said since civic education was a shared responsibility, the Commission was collaborating with both public sector institutions and agencies, and civil society organisations (CSOs) to execute their key constitutional mandates.