The Volta Regional Office of the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) has marked this year’s Constitution Week at the Ho Central Prisons with a call on citizens to expose violations against provisions in the Constitution. The theme for the Constitution Week is: “Our Nation, Our Heritage: Consolidating Ghana’s Democratic Gains”.
Mr. Kenneth Kponor, the Regional Director, said defending the Constitution was the only way to consolidate gains made after 25 years of constitutional rule. He stated that, patriotism required citizens to defend the Rule of Law and demand accountability and transparency from duty bearers.
Mr Kponor urged citizens to be dedicated to duty and participate actively in governance, especially at the local level. He noted that, corruption continued to overshadow successes chalked in Ghana’s democracy, and that with support from the European Union, the Commission had embarked on an Accountability, Rule of Law and Anti-Corruption (ARAP) Campaign to help reduce corruption. He charged the populace to shy away from acts such as bribery, kickbacks, fraud, embezzlements, money laundering and tax evasion.
Mr Patrick Asiedu, the Deputy Regional Director of the NCCE, said civic education was a shared responsibility and called on stakeholders including the media, professional associations, and youth groups to support the campaign.
Mr. Wilson Sallah, the Deputy Commander of the Ho Central Prisons, commended the NCCE for the sensitisation and said the fight against corruption must begin from the basic education level and incorporated into school curricula.
He stressed that citizens must prioritise national interest over personal gains to help build a prosperous nation, adding that the NCCE must be supported to broaden the anti-corruption campaign.