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.
8th March, 2018
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!
PHASE TWO OF NCCE’S INFORMATION SHARING WORKSHOP ON ARAP OPENS
District Directors from the Brong Ahafo and Ashanti Regions have benefitted from a capacity training workshop on Anti-Corruption, Rule of Law and Accountability. The National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE), with support from the European Union, EU, has been organizing a series of information sharing sessions for staff of the Commission. The training is to prepare civic educators to educate citizens on issues of Corruption and Accountability stemming from an EU sponsored pragramme ARAP.
The first phase of the information sharing workshop ended on the 21st of February, paving the way for the second phase. Both the first and second phases were held in the Ashanti Regional capital, Kumasi.
In an opening remark, Mr. Samuel Asare Akuamoah, NCCE Deputy Chairman in charge of Operations said, the Commission is working with the Commission for Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), the Judicial Service, Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs), Civil Society Organisations, Traditional Authorities and all well-meaning Ghanaians to ensure the successful implementation of the EU ARAP Programme. The ARAP Programme he said was carved out of the National Anti- Corruption Action Plan (NACAP).
Mr. Asare Akuamoah urged staff of NCCE to work hard and be transparent in the discharge of their duties. He further advised NCCE District Directors to actively work in collaboration with key stakeholders with integrity.
The last two groups for the information sharing workshop would be drawn from the Western, Central, Greater Accra, Eastern and Volta Regions.
ARAP is an EU initiative aimed at promoting Good governance in Ghana thus to curb corruption, improve public accountability and entreat the public to compliance with the rule of law. NCCE is among institutions mandated to implement the ARAP Programme. The role of the NCCE is to undertake public education on corruption, accountability and environmental governance.
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.