In The Spotlight
The National Commission for Civic Education, NCCE with support from UNICEF has begun one of its flagship programmes,dubbed 'Project Citizen'with special focus on child marriage for the year 2017.
Child marriage continues to confront Ghana especially in remote communities and villages where young girls are forced into early marriages. This canker if not checked, will be a pain that Ghana will struggle to cure.
UNICEF has over the years supported the Commission in this sensitisation and this year's engagement with young adults n communities where child marriages are prevalent is no exception.
In all, six districts from six selected regions across the country are benefiting from this year's programme.
The programme starts on the 4th to the 14th of July, 2017. The Project Citizen concept allows young pupils and students to brainstorm on solutions to problems in society.
Pupils especially the girl child must be given the chance to influence social change and impact on national development hence the NCCE-UNICEF 'Project Citizen' platform to empower children on a critical issue such as child marriage.
Today's opening, took place at Takoradi in the Western Region. Assakae JHS emerged winners of a competition on the concept and were followed by Whindo MA JHS, Kwesimintsim MA JHS, New Takoradi STMA JHS and Kojokrom Sacred Heart JHS in that order.The Chairman of the NCCE, Madam Josephine Nkrumah was at the event and witnessed the competition among the Civic Education Clubs. Child marriage is a societal problem and a social canker which needs all hands on deck to surmount.
The Judiciary remains a critical partner to the NCCE in the Commission's bid to fulfill its constitutional mandate. The two institutions have a long standing relationship geared towards
The Judiciary remains a critical partner to the NCCE in the Commission's bid to fulfill its constitutional mandate. The two institutions have a long standing relationship geared towards promoting and sustaining Ghana's democracy and with a common purpose to fight the canker of corruption which is eating deep into the very fabric of our society. In order to realise this mandate and ensure a cordial working relationship, the Chairman of the National Commission for Civic Education, Ms. Josephine Nkrumah and members of the Commission have paid a courtesy call on the new Chief Justice, Ms. Sophia Akuffo to discuss issues of common interest, among others that could promote and ensure the implementation of the mandate of the two bodies. Education on the provisions of the 1992 Constitution is a key function of the NCCE. The meeting in line with this function, spoke about the need to train NCCE staff on Supreme Court decisions that have a bearing on the interpretation of the 1992 Constitution.
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 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)
Seven retirees of the NCCE in the Northern Region have been honoured and recognized for their dedication and commitment to the work of the Commission.
The Northern Regional Director of the NCCE, Alhaji Saani Abdul-Razak acknowledging their service to the Commission and the country at large has organised a send-off party in their honour. The seven, occupied directorship positions in many capacities. They are the outgoing District Director for Gushegu, Madam Kate Sulemana, the Tamale Metro Director, Mr. Iddi Zakaria, the District Director of Karaga, Mr. Alhaji Abass, and the District Director of Saboba, Mr. Alex Wumborti. The rest are Alhaji Mohammed Baba who was the Head of Programmes at NCCE regional office, the District Director for East Gonja, Mr. Mohammed I. Alhassan and Abdulai B. Fuseini, District Director for Nanumba South. In attendance were all District Directors and staff of the Northern Regional Office.
The Deputy Regional Director of NCCE, Mr. John Waalo, welcomed all staff for their presence to celebrate with the retirees. The Northern Regional Director of NCCE, Alhaji Abdul Razak Saani, commended the retired staff for their services and contribution to the work of the Commission. He congratulated them on serving their country and wished the retirees a fulfilled life during retirement. He was thankful to the retirees for their long years of dedication, enthusiasm and the team spirit towards the work of the Commission. Mr. John Waalo used the opportunity to remind staff to take plans ahead of retirement seriously in order not to attract unnecessary stress and financial anxiety during retirement.
The retired staff in appreciation of the gesture thanked the Regional Directorate for their support during their tenure in office. They called on NCCE staff to continue to work assiduously to fulfill the Commission’s mandate. They were grateful to the regional directorate for recognizing their effort and honoring them.
The outgoing District Director for East Gonja District, Mr. Mohammed .I Alhassan in a brief touching words said, “It has been a wonderful and challenging working experience with the NCCE and I am surely living the Commission with fond memories of this chapter of my career”. He expressed gratitude to all employees of the Commission for making his tenure a success.
The regional directorate presented Smocks and Kente cloths to the retirees as gifts from the directorate.
29th July, 2017
Alhaji Abdul Razak Saani, Regional Director of NCCE addressing staff during the send-off party organized for seven (7) outgoing district directors of NCCE in the region