By Justina Paaga, GNA
Daboase (WR), March 7, GNA - A total of 1,200 students and cadet corps from seven circuits in the Wassa East District participated in the 61st Independence Anniversary parade held under the theme: "Ghana Beyond Aid, at Daboase.
The schools included Daboase DA Primary School, St Martin’s Anglican, Sabri Industrial Plantation Limited (SIPOL) Primary School, Kakokrom DA, Ahmadiyya Primary School, Akotosu Primary and Daboase SHS cadet.
The regimental and Daboase mass bands provided music for the march past.
The colourful parade interspersed with cultural display was attended by the member of parliament Mr Isaac Adjei Mensah, chiefs and queen mothers, Heads of departments, assembly members and a cross section of the public
Addressing the parade, Mr Wilson Arthur, District Chief Executive, who took the salute and read the President"s speech, said the government is committed to moving beyond aid.
He said the nation does not intend to live on its past glories and with the numerous natural resources including gold, bauxite, Cocoa, timber and oil and gas the county was set to move beyond aid.
Mr Arthur said the government has put in place a number of projects and programmes that would quicken the process of Ghana beyond aid policy and urged all to change their lives and attitude to achieve the programme.
On the recent spate of armed robbery in the country, he said the government was doing everything in its capacity to contain the situation, adding that the police would be provided with the needed tools and men to contain the situation.
He called on the public to help the police achieve this by giving them the relevant information that would lead to the arrest of these armed robbers.
The DCE said the numerous development projects would come to nothing if there is no peace and tranquility.
Touching on the Wassa East District, Mr Arthur said there was much improvement in the BECE performance in the District which moved from 58 percent to 98 percent in 2017.
He said the Assembly has started a quarry factory and cassava starch processing which he hoped would enhance the internally generated funds of the Assembly.
Mr Arthur said the district has a bright future and called on investors both local and international to invest in the District.
Mrs Elizabeth Arkins, District Director of Education in her welcoming address, underscored the importance of technical and vocational education and urged the government to continue to pay more much attention to it.
She urged parents to take advantage of the free SHS and school feeding programmes to send their children to school.
Two students master Emmanuel Elorm now at GSTS and Ms Jacinta Arkins Now at Holy Child school who performed well in the last BECE were given certificates and cash awards.
The best schools Atieku Christ Church School and SIPL school and the most improved school in the District Domama JHS were also presented with awards.
All the 40 schools that participated in the March pasts were presented with certificates of participation and cash awards donated by the district assembly and Member of Parliament Mr Isaac Adjei Mensah.