NCCE: Ghana’s return to constitutional rule worth celebrating

National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE)
National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE)

The National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) has concluded that Ghana’s return to constitutional rule in 1993 was a landmark accomplishment in the country’s history worth celebrating.

In view of this, Ghanaians must protect the 1992 Constitution at all times as good citizens to strengthen the peace and stability of Ghana, “respect and protection of the fundamental human rights and freedoms of all citizens,” Mr. Samuel Etsey Ada West District Director of the NCCE has stated in an interview with the Ghana News Agency at Sege.

According to him, Article 3 (4) of the 1992 Constitution mandate Ghanaians to defend the Constitution and stand against any person, group, or issue that threatens the fabric of Ghana’s democracy.

Mr Etsey said the Constitution also mandates Ghanaians to reject the oppressor’s rule in any form or anything that seeks to disturb the peace and stability of the country.

“In our pursuit of liberty, equality of opportunity, and prosperity, we must make it our duty to understand these aspirations to consolidate Ghana’s democracy,” he stressed.

In pursuit of NCCE’s national agenda to build and imbed the tenets of the Constitution in the youth, the Ada West District Directorate has engaged school children in basic schools to mark the 2022 National Citizenship Week celebrations.

The celebration is a platform created to educate the pupils on issues of national concern relevant to the 1992 Constitution.

Mr. Etsey said the celebration among other things reminded the pupils of their core responsibilities as active citizens to play their role to strengthen Ghana’s democracy.

He reiterated the need for Ghanaians to put Ghana first in all endeavours, an attitude he said should be inculcated into the Ghanaian child at an early age.

He said this year’s celebration was on the theme: “Three Decades of Democratic Rule under The 1992 Constitution: Revisiting the Agenda for Constitutional Reforms.”

Engaging basic school pupils in the District on the sub-theme; Sustaining Our Democracy: Ghanaian Values in Practice: The Role of the Child,” Mr. Etsey indicated.

According to him, it was of great importance for children to develop the spirit of patriotism and respect for core national values such as discipline, trustworthiness, integrity, and loyalty.

He stated that the citizenry needed to tolerate dissenting views to ensure peaceful coexistence and national cohesion as enshrined in the constitution.

He said the Constitution week was one of the flagship programmes of the Commission which was instituted in 2001 to commemorate the coming into force of the 1992 Constitution.

He added that the 1992 Constitution has seen three decades of uninterrupted Constitutional Rule.

“In view of this, the Ada West District office of the NCCE joins other Districts in the country to mark the 30 years of uninterrupted constitutional rule,” he added.

The pupils promised to live positive lives to benefit society in the future.

The schools engaged in the Ada West District included; Akplabanya D/A Junior High School (A&B), Agbedrafor D/A Junior High School, Agbedrafor Presby Primary School, Toflokpo D/A Junior High School, and Toflokpo Presby Primary School.

The rest were, Amuyaokope D/A Junior High School, Kpetuhor D/A Basic School, Sege Community School No. 1, Sege Presbyterian Junior High School No. 1and Zion Care International School.

Others were Divine Leadership Academy School, Victory Baptist Experimental School, Sege-Koni D/A Primary School, St. Emmanuel School Complex, and Mountain Kids Academy.

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