In The Spotlight
The National Commission for Ciivic Education (NCCE) will on Friday 28th April,2017 organized a press Briefing at the cleaver House at 10am.the briefing forms part of activities outlinedto commemorate the 2017Annual
Constitution Week celebration on the Theme: Restoring the Ghanaian identity: Our Values, Our Passion
The Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia has signed unto the signature campaign on the petition against illegal mining.
The campaign is being spearheaded by the Media Coalition Against Galamsey. The Deputy Director of Communications and Corporate Affairs at the National Commission for Civic Education, NCCE, Rita Amparbin caught up with the Vice President on the sidelines of the Commission's National Dialogue in Accra on Wednesday 14th June, 2017. The NCCE is a partner to the Media Coalition Against Galamsey and has so far presented eleven thousand, eight hundred and fourteen (11,814) signatures to the Steering Committee of the Coalition.
The National Commission for Civic Education (‘NCCE’ or ‘the Commission’) has noted with grave concern recent lawless activities of vigilante groups.
The alleged forceful removal of the Regional Security Advisor from office and the attack by the ‘Delta Force’ on the Circuit Court, the judicial Arm of Government, in the Ashanti Region last week is a breach of the principle of the Rule of Law.
Certainly, these acts do not augur well for our quest to consolidating Ghana’s democracy and Rule of Law as enshrined in the Preamble of the 1992 Fourth Republican Constitution.
The Commission in line with its mandate of championing education and sensitisation on safeguarding Rule of Law towards strengthening the country’s democracy condemns the recent activities of vigilante groups in no uncertain terms.
The NCCE expresses alarm about the springing up of vigilante groups in the country which threatens the breakdown of law, order, peace and security. The Commission calls on all political parties particularly NPP and NDC to ban and dissolve any existing vigilante groups within their respective parties to avoid any further and future mobocratic activities from such groups.
The NCCE cautions all Ghanaians that the discourse of activities of vigilantism should not be politicised but should be addressed dispassionately with the nation’s interest and security at heart.
The NCCE welcomes the prompt condemnation and reaction from relevant bodies, institutions and peace loving Ghanaians. The Commission urges the Ghana Police Service as a matter of urgency to hasten investigations into the matter, apprehend and prosecute perpetrators in accordance with the law without fear or favour.
The Commission counts on all Ghanaians particularly the youth to rise up and say ‘No To Vigilantism’, remain calm and trust that authorities mandated to ensure peace and security will do their work. The Commission prevails on all well-meaning Ghanaians to denounce these acts of lawlessness. Religious bodies are urged to use their platforms to preach against vigilante groups.
As a people, we all must strive to protect our young democracy; remember to defend our nation by becoming responsible citizens rather than engaging in acts that can only lead us into anarchy. Let us stand up for Ghana and not vigilantism.
God continue to bless our Homeland Ghana, and Make our Nation Great and Strong.
Joyce Afutu (Mrs.)
(Director, Communications and Corporate Affairs)
(Dated: 10th April, 2017)
The National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) has called on the steering committee of the Media Coalition against illegal mining (galamsey) to explore partnership opportunities in the media campaign against illegal mining.
A Media Coalition against illegal mining comprising major media organisations in the country was launched on April 5, 2017 to wage a crusade against the menace. At the meeting which was held in Accra last Wednesday, both institutions resolved to come up with a schedule as soon as possible to guide and make the partnership effective. The two discussed the impact of illegal mining on biodiversity, human and other consequences such as security threats and health implications and how they could be addressed
The Managing Director of the Graphic Communications Group Limited and convener of the coalition, Mr. Kenneth Ashigbey, underscored the need for a holistic solution and approach to resolving the menace. A holistic solution, he said, required a lot of credible information through research and other sources and called on all stakeholders to partner the media to propel a national win against illegal mining to ensure a better future for generations unborn.
To begin with the era of the activity-based campaign, he said, April 21, 2017 had been declared a National Red Friday for members of the coalition, on which day members of the coalition and persons concerned about the campaign were expected to dress in red apparels to send a message to the government that illegal mining and bad mining practices had to be stopped without compromise. “The coalition will from today move the campaign from just sensitising the public through the media to a higher level including national stakeholder engagements,” he stated.
Mr. Ashigbey said the coalition would initiate a national dialogue on how to amicably resolve the illegal mining issues and how to reclaim lost biodiversity as a result of illegal mining and bad mining practices. He submitted that the coalition would continue to hold state functionaries and institutions to account and ensure that they lived up to expectation as part of measures to addressing problems associated with mining in Ghana.He said the coalition would engage citizenry at the micro level and, therefore, the steering committee of the coalition was considering town hall and community meetings to enhance the national discourse on ending illegal mining.
The Chairman of the NCCE, Ms. Josephine Nkrumah, who led a six-member delegation from her outfit to the meeting, said considering similar work done by the commission in the past, the NCCE was in the position to understand the situation and better support the campaign.
“Having done some work initially, we are poised to partner other stakeholders, especially the media coalition, which has a better platform and power to win the fight against illegal and bad mining practices,” she stated.
In a related development, representatives of the International Association of Impact Assessment (IAIA) Ghana also called on the steering committee to discuss the way forward.
The representatives were the Director of Water Research Institute (WRI) of the Centre for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Professor Osmond Ansah-Asare, and the President of IAIA. Ghana, Mr. Yaw Annoyaw-Osei.
The Ghana Broadcasting Corporation and National Commission for Civic Education organised their maiden edition of Presidential Debate
The Ghana Broadcasting Corporation and National Commission for Civic Education organised their maiden edition of Presidential Debate for all Presidential Aspirants contesting in this year’s 2016 general elections. The debate offered opportunity for the candidates to communicate their policies based on their party’s manifestoes. Questions were based on the NCCE’s survey conducted titled Matters of Concern to the Ghanaian Voter. Among them were issues on Education, Health, Energy and Agriculture.
Contestants were the Presidential Candidate for the Convention Peoples Party (CPP), Mr. Ivor Kobina Greenstreet, the National Democratic Congress (NDC), His Excellency John Dramani Mahama, President of the Republic of Ghana, the Progressive Peoples Party (PPP), Dr. Papa Kwesi Nduom, the Peoples National Convention (PNC), Dr. Edward Nasigre Mahama, and Mr Jacob Osei Yeboah, an Independent candidate.
In attendance were people from the diplomatic coup, the clergy, political party supporters, academia, students, people living with disabilities, market women and men, traditional leaders, artisans, the media among others.
This debate was funded by the European Union and STAR Ghana