Alexander Nyarko Yeboah, GNA
Tema Nov 7, GNA - The Tema Metropolitan Chief Executive (MCE), Mr. Felix Mensah Nii Annan-La, has asked the youth to take advantage of developments in Ghana to improve themselves in order to become good citizens.
He said, "There is no better time to be a Ghanaian than now; take advantage of developments to improve yourselves and become better citizens tomorrow."
He said this in a keynote address read on his behalf by the Deputy Director of the Tema Metropolitan Assembly (TMA), Mr. Sevlo Agyei, at the Our lady of Mercy (OLAM) Senior High School, Tema, during the final round of the Greater Accra Regional quiz competition on the 1992 Constitution of Ghana.
The competition which was on the theme "Rekindling Ghanaian values, the role of the Ghanaian youth", was organized by the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) to educate students on the principles of the constitution of the Republic of Ghana.
He observed that “we could not be citizens without learning and applying citizenship to our everyday lives, adding that “the kind of society we build depends largely on our application of civic knowledge."
He said there was the need to defend the constitution of the Republic of Ghana in all situations and at all times, "And that will depend on how well we know the constitution."
The Tema Metropolitan Director of the NCCE, Mr. Issac Kwame Antwi, said the programme was NCCEs strategy to increase the knowledge of Ghanaians on the constitution and other laws of the country.
He said, "Where ever you go, there are rules and regulations, therefore if the constitution is the rules and regulations of the country, we think that every citizen must know to comport themselves; to know where their freedom ends and even help to protect the rights of others, among others.”
He observed that it was not about who won or lost but the knowledge the students would gain in the programme, adding that "if we continue like that most youth will develop interest in reading the constitution and if they leave school the habit will stay with them."
He said the limited budget made it difficult to train students and therefore called for the inclusion of civic education in the curriculum of schools.
He said that the competition "was to inspire us to go back to our old values which are respect for authority, time, tolerance and so on."
He said civic knowledge would make citizens know their tolerance level “which teaches us that we are bound to disagree and therefore must respect other opinions adding,” NCCE will help us understand the rules of engagement in living together as equal citizens of one country."
Responding to how patriotic Ghanaians were, he said, "I won't say we are not patriotic, but we need to up our game. We shouldn't be forced to be patriotic; it should be voluntary, something which is part of you."
"Most times when you call people, they will ask about money or some items. No we want to increase your knowledge on the constitution, the laws of Ghana, your civic rights, etc., in order for you to become good citizens."
The competing schools were OLAM, Nungua Senior High School, Armed Forces Senior High Technical School, Ningo Senior High School.
Others were St. Johns Grammar, Hill View SHS, Presby Boys SHS, Ada SHS.
CABS SHS came first with 220 points and were followed by Nungua SHS and Armed Forces SHS in second and third positions with 218 and 145 points respectively.