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                                                                                                                             8th March, 2018

Press Release

NCCE OBSERVES INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY

Today is International Women’s Day. The day also known as the United Nations (UN) Day for Women’s Right and International Peace, is observed annually on 8th March to celebrate the socio-economic and political achievements of women globally. The theme for this year is,“#PressforProgress”. Observation of the day serves as an opportunity to evaluate and celebrate the progress that women have made in all spheres of life, be it political, social or economic and to commit to continually press for progress in the coming year by translating the theme into action. The occasion is also a time to reflect on the various ways in which women have been set back and their rights denied, and to celebrate the ‘fighters’, who sometimes at the peril of their own lives, stand up and speak out as voices of voiceless women pressing for progress. .  

Ghana as a member of the global community, is celebrating this day under the theme, “Women Too – Press to Progress as Game Changers”. Here in Ghana, the role that women play in the economic, social, and political development cannot be overemphasized, yet, there is remarkable under-representation of women in leadership, especially public life. As we strive to translate this years’ theme, ‘Press for Progress’ into action, we hope to galvanize government and citizens to commit to ensuring that women are able to exercise their full complement of rights as guaranteed by the 1992 Constitution. 

 

Article 36 (6) of the 1992 Fourth Republican Constitution clearly provides the foundation for the role of women in governance and nation building. It states, ‘The state shall afford equality of economic opportunity to all citizens; and, in particular, the State shall take all necessary steps so as to ensure the full integration of women into the mainstream of the economic development of Ghana’. This is a constitutional requisite and on International Women’s Day, it is imperative to remind government and policy makers to create the enabling environment for women to contribute meaningfully to national development.  The NCCE urges Women to relentlessly “#PressforProgress”, fight for equal rights and fight to end all forms of abuse against women in Ghana and across the world.Over the years NCCE has undertaken several advocacy campaigns on gender equality including research on “Witches Camps in Ghana”-2010, “Women in Traditional Governance”- 2011, “Status of Women in Ghana”- 2012 and “Child Early and Forced Marriage”-2014. In 2013, the NCCE in collaboration with ABANTU for Development coordinated and published a signature campaign of Ghanaian men and women across the country demanding the passage of an Affirmative Action (AA) bill to help address the dwindling numbers of women in leadership positions in the country, and the Property Rights of Spouses bill, to protect the rights of spouses to property acquired during marriage and dissolution of marriage. These efforts have not translated into the desired increased representation of women in politics and the decision-making processes even though some progress has been chalked. As a country we must understand that continued exclusion of a large portion of our citizenry (women) from decision making does not create a strong and healthy democracy.

In order for us to successfully achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), we will need the active involvement of women, especially women in rural communities to ensure an acceptable standard of living; violence free society; elimination of harmful cultural practices among women; food security and nutrition; decent work; accessible education; and guarantee right to health including sexual and reproductive health.

We call on President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo as the African Union Gender Champion for 2017 to expedite the passage of the Affirmative Action Bill into law as a matter of priority and urgency. Women’s rights activists, Civil Society Organisations, and all well-meaning Ghanaians should renew the clarion call for the enactment of this bill.

The National Commission for Civic Education on International Women’s Day celebrates Ghanaian women and reminds the state to fulfill the dictates of Article 36 (6) of the 1992 Constitution.   

 

NCCE salutes All Women!

Ayekoo! Ghanaian Women!

#PressforProgress

 

 

UNIVERSITY CIVIC CHALLENGE SEMI-FINALS

 

The Semi-Finals of the Commission’s University Civic Challenge will come off on Monday, 26th February, 2018, at the Auditorium of the Faculty of Law, University of Ghana, Legon.

The programme will start at 9:30 am prompt.

The competing schools are:                                                                                        

  •       Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST)
  •       Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA)  
  •       University of Education Winneba ( UEW)

The University Civic Challenge is one of the Commission’s flagship programmes, aimed at inculcating in tertiary students the principles and objectives of the 1992 constitution and also to stir up civic consciousness among University students.

The event is opened to the public.

GIMPA WINS NCCE’s MAIDEN UNIVERSITY CIVIC CHALLENGE

 

The Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA) won the maiden edition of NCCE’s University Civic Challenge held on Wednesday, 28th February, 2018 at the Faculty of Law Auditorium of the University of Ghana, Legon. GIMPA beat University of Education, Winneba (UEW) in an exciting and educative debate on the topic “60 Years Beyond Independence, Foreign Aid Is Needless To Ghana’s Development”. GIMPA spoke for the motion and scored 835 points whiles UEW placed second with 781 points. Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) placed third during the semi-finals. The University Civic Challenge was on the theme “Restoring Our Ghanaian Values as Active Citizens”.

Ms. Josephine Nkrumah, NCCE Chairman, in her opening remarks stated that, the aim of the competition sought to empower the youth to master the 1992 Constitution. She reiterated this in the words of His Excellency President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo- Addo at the launch of the University Civic Challenge on August 30, 2017 “This competition should be more than about who emerges first or second or which University ends up with the most number of victories; it should be more than that. It should be about knowing why the Constitution came into force, why it provides guidelines for the functioning of the State and why together we must help ensure that the 3 arms of government; Executive, Legislature and Judiciary live up to their respective charter and act as checks and balances on each other to prevent abuse of power and thereby help secure the blessings of liberty on ourselves and posterity”.

Hon. Mustapha Abdul-Hamid, Minister for Information, in a brief remark, stressed that the youth of Ghana had to take keen interest in current affairs, participate in debates and make ample time to listen to news since 70% of what they would learn in life would be outside the formal curriculum. Hon. Abdul- Hamid reiterated that this would broaden their horizon as future leaders.

Ms. Kathy Addy, NCCE Deputy Chairman, Finance and Administration, delivering the closing remarks emphasized that, the competition was intended to equip students and prepare them for leadership roles in future.  She noted that, the Commission chose the topic for the debate to tie in with the vision of the President of Ghana to resonate with the theme for Ghana’s 61st Independence Day celebration.

Mr. Kofi Bentil, Senior Consultant of Bentil Consulting Limited, a lead Judge at the competition advised the students to pay attention to details when answering questions.

Hon. Mustapha Hamid, Minister for Information, Ms. Josephine Nkrumah, NCCE Chairman and Mrs. Hajara Mohammed Rufai, Commission Member, presented prizes to the first, second and third schools respectively. The awards were made up of books, electronic tablets and cash prizes.

 

 

 

 

The National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) is mandated by the 1992 Constitution to educate and sensitize the citizenry on their civic rights and responsibilities.


As part of that mandate, the NCCE will undertake intensive public and civic education and engagements on corruption, public accountability and environmental governance issues across the country to help promote good governance.  The main activities are building the capacity of civic education providers  (NCCE, CHRAJ, CSOs and the media) to conduct campaigns, advocate and lobby for increased accountability and reduction in corruption as well as conduct joint  civic education and awareness on accountability. The programme will be implemented under a three and half year European Union (EU) Grant Contract in respect of  the project called Anti-corruption, Rule of Law and Accountability (ARAP).

ARAP is an EU Ghana project that focuses on   supporting the National Anti-Corruption Action Plan (NACAP) of Ghana among others. ARAP’s main objective is to contribute to current reform processes in the area of rule of law, accountability, anti-corruption and environmental governance by supporting key institutions to increase the ability of citizens, civil society organisations and the media to hold government and duty bearers accountable. The ARAP Project in Ghana is being coordinated by a Spanish firm called FIIAPP. The NCCE through effective collaboration and synergy with other key partners  namely the Judiciary, the Ghana Police Service, the Attorney General’s Department, Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice and Civil Society  Organisations (CSOs) in the fight against corruption will execute the following specific activities:

  • Nationwide Research on Public Perception on the State of Corruption and Accountability in Ghana.This will form the basis for the Commission’s civic and public education engagements
  • Information Sharing Sessions for Staff of the NCCE to build their capacity for effective work delivery
  • Hold eleven (11) Staff Durbars across the country on ARAP issues
  • Information Sharing Sessions for Staff of the NCCE to build their capacity for effective work delivery
  • Training and Exchange Programmes to cover senior level management staff on Anti-Corruption, Rule of Law and Accountability issues
  • Hold Capacity Building for a mix of Technical and Management Staff
  • Undertake Focus Group Discussions and Community Durbars on Accountability and Environmental Governance in selected Districts across the country
  • Sensitization of identifiable Groups (FBOs, Workplaces, Traditional Authorities, etc.)
  • E-Quiz / Constitution Game Board Competitions
  • Project Citizen showcases in Senior High Schools across the country
  • Symposia in Educational Institutions
  • Dialogue engagements on ARAP – 8 in a period of 4 years
  • Annual Constitution Week Lecture to focus on ARAP issues
  • Citizenship Week Campaigns on Environmental Governance in collaboration with EPA
  • Social Auditing engagements in 216 selected Districts nationwide
  • TV and Radio Panel Discussions on ARAP issues
  • Airing of documentaries, animations and jingles on anti-corruption, rule of law and accountability
  • Advocacy platforms on Constitutional Amendment and Environmental Governance
  • Electronic and print media space for educational messages
  • Social Media Campaigns on Anti-corruption, Rule of Law & Accountability
  • Mass Text Messaging to disseminate information on ARAP issues
  • Production of Project Visibility Materials
  • Procurement of Operational Equipment
  • Production of Educational Materials
  • Project Steering Committee Meetings (Quarterly)

A National Campaign on Tax Compliance has been launched in Accra. The move is to create awareness on the payment of taxes to increase revenue.


The campaign which is on the theme, ‘Our Taxes, Our Future’ is also to stir up civic consciousness among Ghanaians to honestly honour their tax obligations. These will help government realize its domestic revenue targets, implemnet social intervention policies and accelerate national development across the country. The campaign is being fronted by the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) with support from the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE), Information Services Department (ISD), GIZ and UK AID.

The Minister of Finance, Ken Ofori-Atta who launched the campaign, urged all Ghanaians to pay their taxes to support the country’s capacity to deliver on public goods such as education, health and security. Most importantly, the Finance Minister asked citizens to see the payment of taxes as a civic responsibility. He called on trade associations and other groups in the informal sector to take interest in the campaign and play proactive roles to encourage members fulfill their tax obligations.

The Acting Commissioner – General of GRA, Emmanuel Kofi Nti, said the GRA will reverse the low tax contribution in the informal sector, which accordingto Mr. Nti, plays a dominant role in the economy. In his words, “This is a huge task, which calls for the involvement of all Ghanaians and to bring as many people as we can to the tax net and help bridge the gap between public expenditures and revenues.” Mr Nti said since tax mobilisation is a shared
responsibility between citizens and the tax administration, GRA is collaborating with organisations such as the National Commission for Civic Education,
 the Information Services Department and the media to execute the campaign. He appealed to Ghanaians to furnish the GRA with relevant information on
business activities in their vicinity to enable the GRA to bring the business operators into the tax net. He revealed that, although many Ghanaians
are engaged in income earning activities, especially in the informal sector, only 1.2 million people are registered for tax purposes. Out of this,
about one million people are in the formal sector and 200,000 in the informal sector.

The Deputy Chairman, in charge of Finance and Administration, Ms. Kathleen Addy lauded the collaboration between the NCCE and the GRA. She entreated all active citizens to honour their tax obligations citing Article 41(j) of the 1992 Constitution.  She said, the GRA-NCCE partnership has come to stay and as a constitutional body, the NCCE will strive to ensure that citizens fulfill their civic duty by honestly declaring their taxes. She called on other
state organisations to collaborate with the NCCE in all corporate activities that seek to engage citizens on important national issues.

 

 

 

 

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