By Afedzi Abdullah, GNA
Cape Coast, March 21, GNA - The University of Cape Coast (UCC) beat three other universities in the Western and Central Regions to emerge winners of the 2019 Western Zonal Inter-University Civic Challenge competition.
They polled 235 points as against 215 by the Takoradi Technical University (TTU) followed by University of Mines and Technology (UMaT) with 162 points.
The University of Education Winneba (UEW) trailed with 55 points.
By this feat, UCC will proceed to represent the Western Zone at the Super Zonals semi-finals of the competition.
The competition was held under the theme: “Ghana, One People: Our Values, Our Sovereignty in Participatory Democracy”, and it was aimed at motivating students at the tertiary level to learn the contents of the constitution to enhance their civic knowledge and become Ambassadors of the Rule of Law.
It was organised by National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) with support from the Ghana National Petroleum Commission (GNPC).
The questions centred on various articles of the constitution including fundamental human rights, Directive Principles, the Executive, Judiciary and Legislature.
The participating tertiary institutions took home copies of the 1992 Constitution, NCCE branded packs of pens and some flyers.
Ms Cathleen Addy, a Deputy Chairperson of the NCCE, said the competition was a formal way of inculcating in the youth and creating the awareness of the fundamental principles and objectives of Ghana’s Constitution.
She expressed the hope that this would help build the capacities of the country’s youth to defend the constitution against all forms of abuse and further seek knowledge about political governance, history and the country's values.
“The competition is to ensure that our tertiary students are well vested in the constitution and understand how it works”, she said.
Ms Addy said there is the need need to imbibe the core values of integrity, patriotism and truthfulness in citizens particularly the youth because such values are the ingredients of forming good citizens.
She urged the students to make time to learn the constitution and become abreast with its provisions for them to be well-informed of their civic rights and responsibilities.
Very Rev Richardson Aboagye Andam, the Superintendent Minister of the Wesley Methodist Cathedral, Cape Coast called on the youth to be advocates of integrity which is the pivot for holistic moral life.
He also urged them to lead lives free of corruption while cooperating with law enforcement agencies to ensure law and order in the country.
Mr Nishaw Ohene, Events Officer at GNPC, said the Corporation remains committed to supporting the NCCE in its quest to educate Ghanaians on their civic rights and responsibilities as well as other education-oriented programmes in the country.