Lekpongunor (GAR), May 30, GNA - Mrs Fanny Judith Kumah, Greater-Accra Regional Director of the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE), has underscored the need for Ghanaians to exercise their rights and responsibilities without which “one cannot be a good citizen”.
According to her, most Ghanaians are swift to point out their rights as enshrined in the constitution, yet overlook their responsibilities, which is a major impediment to development.
Mrs Kumah made the call at Lekpongunor in the Ningo Prampram District, when she led a sensitization team to educate pupils in basic schools, as part of activities to mark this year's Citizenship Week celebration, on the theme, ''Strengthening Our Pillars ''.
Schools visited were the Seventh Day Adventist (SDA) and Abia D/A Junior High Schools in Abia-Prampram, the Presbyterian JHS and Lekpongunor D/A JHS in Lekpongunor as well as Mobole and Otsebleku D/A JHS.
The week-long would be used to sensitize pupils on their rights and responsibilities in about 40 basic schools in the District.
Touching on the main focus programme of the Commission's quarterly sensitization, Mrs Kumah said indiscipline remains a challenge, and expressed worry over how it has gained roots in the country.
She said: ”This is predominant among the young generation who are the future leaders of the nation”, a situation she said contributes immensely to the growing crime culture and social vices in the country .
She entreated the pupils to imbibe discipline, responsibility and patriotism to help revive the good Ghanaian image.
The Ningo Prampram District Chief Executive, Alhaji Sa-Rak Nartey, implored the pupils to pledge their allegiance to the country first before anything else in every sphere of life.
“You should also respect your teachers, older persons and your parents as well as take your studies seriously to achieve higher heights.”
The Ningo-Prampram District Director of the NCCE, Madam Gifty Agyeiwa Badu, said the aim of celebrating the Citizenship Week in schools was to inculcate discipline and good democratic values in pupils who are the future leaders of the country.
The NCCE has since 2001 celebrated the Constitution Week to commemorate the adoption of the Fourth Republican Constitution on April 28, 1992.