Tema, April 29, GNA – The National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) in partnership with the Ghana News Agency Tema Regional Office, have jointly launched the 2021 National Constitution Week commemoration, which starts from April 28th to May 4.
The 2021 celebration on the general theme: “We are One, Ghana First,” seeks to emphasise the need for every Ghanaian to put Ghana First, rally round the Constitution and defend it at all times.
The national launch set in motion series of nationwide activities to ensure that Ghanaians are
imbued with the faith and culture of constitutionalism as the bastion of democracy.
Mrs Joyce Afutu, NCCE Director of Communications and Corporate Affairs together with Mr Francis Ameyibor, GNA-Tema Regional Manager flanked by Dr Stephen Ayisi Addo, Programme Manager,
National HIV and AIDS Control Programme, Mrs Felicia McEwan Anamoah, Head of News GBC Obonu FM and Mrs Dzifa Azumah, a Chief Editor of GNA-Accra, officially launched the event.
Speaking at the second, “GNA-Tema Stakeholder Engagement and Workers Appreciation Day,” seminar which also served as the platform to launch the NCCE National Constitution Week celebration, Mrs Afutu said the event essentially fulfils one of its mandates to create and sustain awareness on the principles and objectives of the Constitution.
The GNA-Tema Stakeholder Engagement and Workers Appreciation Day seminar is a platform rolled-out for state and non-state actors to address national issues.
Mrs Afutu said since 2001 the NCCE had created the annual platform to engage citizens on Ghana’s Constitution and raise awareness about the need for everyone to be abreast with the Supreme Law of the land.
The Commission through this celebration, will interact with the general public, display civic
messages on the duties of a citizen, intensify public education on constitutionalism and distribute copies of the 1992 Constitution of Ghana to the general public to emphasize the importance of the Constitution as a living document in every facet of our lives.
Mr Ameyibor appealed to the media to adopt pragmatic programmes, aimed at sensitizing and educating the general public on the Constitution and how it affected them to project the celebration.
The GNA-Tema Regional Manager urged the media to be interested in the Constitutional Week and the promotion of constitutional awareness as they did the presidential and parliamentary elections; “this is because democracy if not only based on the conduct of elections”.
Mr Ameyibor also called on Political Parties, Civic Society Organisations, Religious and Opinion Leaders, the security services and the general public to participate in the Constitution week celebration, “it should not be seen as NCCE programme of event, the steady stability of the country’s 1992 Democratic dispensation is partly attributed to the works of the NCCE”.
Ms Josephine Nkrumah, NCCE Chairperson in an interview with the GNA explained that Article 3 of the 1992 Constitution encourages citizens to defend the Constitution against all forms of violation and abuse.
She said in line with that, the Commission will engage security services reminding them of their legitimate duty to protect and uphold the tenets of the 1992 Constitution in their line of work.
Ms Nkrumah said the NCCE holds the firm conviction that every citizen must know their rights, understand the principles and objectives laid down in the Constitution to promote nation building for a better Ghana.
The NCCE Chairperson said the Commission was convinced that it was only Ghanaians who could give room for the Constitution to breath and function effectively.
“In our pursuit for liberty, equality of opportunity and prosperity, we must make it our duty to
understand these aspirations to further consolidate Ghana’s democracy,” she said.
As part of the commemoration, the NCCE presented copies of the 1992 Constitution to the GNA-Tema office, the National HIV and AIDS Control Programme and GBC Obonu FM.
Source: Ghana News Agency