By Mildred Siabi-Mensah GNA
Takoradi, March 7, GNA - Mrs Catherine Archer, a native of the Western Region has stressed the need for Ghanaians to rethink and value the sweat and toil of the country’s founding fathers and individuals who sacrificed their blood for its freedom.
She said Ghana after 60 years, the country cannot continue to wallow in gross indiscipline be it corruption, embezzlement, insanitary conditions and the lack of self-discipline.
She said Ghanaians should rather have the zeal to do right things for the country’s progress.
Mrs Archer told the Ghana News Agency during the 61th independence anniversary celebration in Takoradi in the Western Region that, “In fact a lot of things have changed to the negative direction and we need to reverse things as a nation and go back to the virtues Nkrumah and comrades demonstrated in building Ghana”.
The parade was attended by the top hierarchy of the security agencies, personnel of the security services, school children and the political heads of the Region, including market women and children from the special schools to resonate the clarion call for independence some 61 years ago and reflect on the need to marshal all resources for the future advancement of the country.
The Western Regional Minister, Dr Kwaku Afriyie who read the President’s independence address, encouraged the citizenry to help turn the fortunes of the country around through best practices, adding, “It is now our turn to build upon those past glories as a country. Today must be an improvement on yesterday and our tomorrow must certainly be better than our yesterday”.
He said making our tomorrow better would require that corruption and other bad practices that derailed progress and economic growth were eliminated, adding that, achieving the destiny of the country needed a deliberate, qualitative change in all aspects of lives, especially in the economy, state of infrastructure, education of the young ones and holding on to values that promoted growth and development.
Dr Afriyie said mobilising for the future and seeing a Ghana beyond aid was critical to quicken the pace of development, “we need to change our mindset and believe that Ghana beyond aid will give us the respect and dignity we deserve”.
The Day was also used to reward some brilliant students who excelled in the Basic and Senior High School examination within the region.