Youth Charged to Put Ghana First Above All Interests

Mr Robert Anas-Okoe, National Commission for Civic Education Director for Ga West Municipal, has called on the youth to put national interests above partisan political motives as a precondition for peace, unity and rapid growth.

Youth participants at the forum
Youth participants at the forum

“Without peace there will be no development, peace is what every society needs to develop, and if we need peace we must tolerate each other,” he told a gathering of political youth leaders, security agencies, traditional authorities and other stakeholders.

Youth participants at the forum
Youth participants at the forum
Mr Anas-Okoe urged the youth to stay away from politicians who use the younger generation to achieve their selfish interests saying this could fuel violence and disunity.

We hardly hear of the elderly, children and persons with disabilities snatching ballot boxes, it is often the youth, who are used by politicians to achieve that goal, he said.

“The future belongs to you so you must prepare the ground very well so that when it is your turn you will be able to deliver,” Mr Anas-Okoe said.

Quoting extensively from Ghana’s 1992 constitution, the NCCE Director said the supreme laws empower young people to promote political tolerance and live in peace and harmony with neighbours, irrespective of their political ideologies or beliefs.

Mrs Josephine Nkrumah of the National Commission for Civic Education said the role of the youth in national development was very critical and urged them to “think about your role and its impact on party, community and country before you act.”

“Somebody belonging to another political party is not your enemy, it is just another election Ghana must go through and move forward and Ghana can move forward with your commitment,” she said.

“Whether the future is secure or not it lies in your hands; your first and foremost commitment is your country and not your political party, let’s foster peace and national unity.”

She appealed to political parties, the public and stakeholders to live up to their civic responsibilities in order to build a nation worth bequeathing to the younger generation.

Chief Superintendent Cephas Kofie, the Amasaman Divisional Police Commander, asked the youth to live within the confines of the law and avoid fomenting trouble.

“Besides your rights, you have responsibilities, so we have to live within the law,” he said, and warned that any person caught violating the law would be dealt accordingly.

Deputy Superintendent of Police Michael Happy Addae took participants through the Public Order Act, 1994 (Act 491) which covers “holding of special event”, “imposition of curfews” and “arms and ammunition”.

The Act describes a special event as a ‘procession, parade, carnival, street dance, celebration of traditional custom, outdooring of traditional ruler, demonstration, public meeting and similar event.’

He said for each of the events, the police ought to be informed not less than five working days before holding the stated event.

He said the notification should be in writing and handed over to a police officer not below the rank of assistant superintendent.

The events that do not require prior police notification includes religious meeting, charitable, social or sporting gathering and any lawful public entertainment or meeting.

According to the act where a police officer notified has reasonable grounds to believe that the special event if held may lead to violence or endanger public safety, public health or the running of essential services or violate the right and freedoms of other persons; the officer may request the organisers to postpone it to any other date, or relocate the event.

Source: GNA/News Ghana


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