In The Spotlight
The National Commission for Civic Education, NCCE, has released its 2018 activities. The Commission’s working theme for the year is
‘Our Nation, Our Heritage: Consolidating Ghana’s Democratic Gains’. At a media briefing organized at the Commission’s Head Office in Accra, the Chairman of the NCCE, Ms. Josephine Nkrumah, said the overall objective for the year is to make Ghanaians work hard to consolidate Ghana’s young democracy. She said the theme for 2018 is in line with Ghana’s 25 years of uninterrupted constitutional rule and the NCCE would intensify public engagements on Ghana’s democratic history, the journey so far as well as focusing on civic education that would sustains our democratic gains.
Ms. Josephine Nkrumah said 25 years of constitutional democracy is worth celebrating admitting that the NCCE and other relevant institutions have over the years played significant roles in shaping Ghana’s democracy. ‘As we celebrate 25 years of interrupted Constitutional and Democratic rule, 25 years of continuous democratic governance which has seen exchange of power between different political parties at least four times, it is a significant achievement in Ghana’s democratic journey. We cannot afford to back pedal because the costs would be too high for us. Therefore we must seek to consolidate the gains we have made as a democratic nation. This achievement has largely been realized by the roles that key constitutional bodies like the NCCE have played in protecting and safeguarding the principles of democracy. We cannot underplay the important watch dog role that the media has played in this process, The National Commission for Civic Education, NCCE, has released its 2018 activities. The Commission’s working theme for the year is ‘Our Nation, Our Heritage: Consolidating Ghana’s Democratic Gains’. At a media briefing organized at the Commission’s Head Office in Accra, the Chairman of the NCCE, Ms. Josephine Nkrumah, said the overall objective for the year is to make Ghanaians work hard to consolidate Ghana’s young democracy. She said the theme for 2018 is in line with Ghana’s 25 years of uninterrupted constitutional rule and the NCCE would intensify public engagements on Ghana’s democratic history, the journey so far as well as focusing on civic education that would sustains our democratic gains.
NCCE/GRA NATIONAL VOLUNTARY TAX COMPLIANCE CAMPAIGN
The National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) and the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) has begun a collaborative venture to roll out an intensive national voluntary tax campaign. The campaign dubbed ‘OUR TAXES OUR FUTURE’ will see the two institutions engaging active Ghanaians in all the 216 districts across the country on the importance of paying taxes. Officials from the NCCE and GRA will educate professional bodies, shop owners, business owners, land lords, traders and many other working Ghanaians to voluntarily honour their tax obligations to the Ghana Revenue Authority, the mandated institution to collect taxes.
It is important to note that, Article 41(j) states, ‘it shall be the duty of every citizen to declare his income honestly to the appropriate and lawful agencies and to satisfy all tax obligations’. This is an indication that tax payment is a civic duty and the Constitution backs this civic responsibility.
The national voluntary tax campaign will see staff of NCCE across the country organizing community outreaches, engaging faith based organisations (churches, mosques, etc.), vising lorry stations and market places, dawn to dusk broadcast, door to door engagement among others.
The NCCE believes that the collaboration between the two institutions would go a long way to help the revenue authority increase its revenue mobilization and also stir up civic consciousness among Ghanaians to honestly declare their tax incomes.
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.
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.