The National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) has launched this year’s Constitution Week to commemorate the country’s return to constitutional rule in 1993 after many years of military rule. The event aims to educate the public on the Constitution and the importance of upholding democratic values in Ghana.
During the launch in Sagnarigu, Northern Region, the Chairperson of NCCE, Madam Kathleen Addy, urged citizens and security agencies to play their roles in maintaining the country’s democracy and Constitution. She identified issues such as security threats, politics of divisiveness, and chieftaincy conflicts as challenges to the Constitution.
To address these challenges, Madam Addy said the NCCE was implementing the Preventing and Containing Violent Extremism project, which promotes peaceful coexistence and ensures the security of the country. She called on the public to denounce politics of divisiveness and reject politicians who promote violence. According to her, “Politics must unite us, and politicians must serve us.”
The Northern Regional Minister, Alhaji Shani Alhassan Saibu, commended the NCCE for its work and assured the government’s continued support for the Commission’s activities. He reiterated the government’s commitment to resourcing the NCCE to enable it to perform its duties effectively.
The Paramount Chief of Sagnarigu Traditional Area, Sagnar-Naa Yakubu Abdulai, praised the Constitution for serving the country well and bringing stability. He commended the NCCE for its efforts to promote democracy in Ghana and sustain the country’s peace.
However, he expressed concern about the poor funding of institutions such as the NCCE, the National Peace Council, and the chieftaincy institution despite their vital roles in sustaining the peace of the country. He appealed to the government to provide more resources to these institutions to enable them to carry out their functions effectively.
For the most part, the Constitution Week event seeks to remind Ghanaians of the importance of upholding democratic values and promoting peaceful coexistence. It also emphasizes the role of citizens and institutions in ensuring the country’s stability and progress. With continued efforts from stakeholders, Ghana can maintain its democracy and sustain its peace for generations to come.