University for Development Studies (UDS) has been crowned winners of the 2019 Northern Zonal Inter University Civic Challenge quiz competition held in Tamale on Tuesday.
UDS polled a total of 160 points to beat other participating tertiary institutions, which were Bolgatanga Polytechnic, which came second polling 143 points, followed by Wa Polytechnic, which placed third with 131 points and the Tamale Technical University was the fourth securing 27 points.
The competition, which focused on the country’s Constitution, was organised by the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) with support from the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation as part of efforts to promote good citizenship among the youth.
It was also to motivate students at the tertiary level to learn the contents of the Constitution to enhance their civic knowledge to become ambassadors of the Rule of Law.
The participating tertiary institutions took home copies of the 1992 Constitution, packs of pens and some flyers.
Prof Sylvester Galaa, Dean of Students, UDS commended NCCE for organising the competition, saying “Knowledge about the constitution is therefore important not only in ensuring that our freedoms and liberties are safeguarded, but that the three arms of government work in our interests and expectations.”
Professor Galaa was full praise for the competition saying programmes such as this would help nurture and develop good citizenship culture among tertiary students in the country.
Mr Samuel Asare Akuamoah, Deputy Chairman in-charge of Operations said per the constitution, sovereignty resided in the citizenry, which was a call for tertiary students to promote advocacy programmes to help hold duty-bearers accountable.
He encouraged all to participate in the democratic processes of the country in accordance with law and help spread the orientation that “Negative vigilantism is not participation but a criminal act.”
Mr Edward Ohene, a representative of GNPC said supporting education and training was one of the pillars of GNPC pledging GNPC’s continued support for the NCCE in subsequent years.
Master Rabiu Abubakar, one of the participants from the UDS’ team, expressed joy for their victory assuring that the team would give its best at the Super-zonal civic challenge as the Northern Zone representative.