The Ledzokuku-Krowor Municipal Assembly marked Ghana’s 61st Independence Anniversary with a march past of school children within the Municipality. The Municipal Chief Executive of LEKMA-Hon. Mrs. Evelyn Twum – Gyamrah touching on the theme for the celebration “Ghana Beyond Aid”, entreated residents of Teshie and Nungua to help government raise funds internally for national development.
This year’s parade was held at the Nungua Town Park.
ADDRESS DELIVERED BY THE MUNICIPAL CHIEF EXECUTIVE- HON. MRS. EVELYN N.A. TWUM-GYAMRAH ON THE OCASSION OF GHANA’S 61ST INDEPENDENCE ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION HELD ON TUESDAY 6TH MARCH, 2018 AT THE NUNGUA TOWN PARK
HON. MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT
NII MEI KE NAA MEI
HON. ASSEMBLY MEMBERS
THE MUNICIPAL DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION
THE MUNICIPAL COORDINATING DIRECTOR
THE KPESHIE DIVISIONAL POLICE COMMANDER
HEADS OF MUNICIPAL SECURITY AGENCIES
HEADS OF DEPARTMENT
HEAD TEACHERS AND TEACHERS PRESENT
DISTINGUISHED INVITED GUESTS
FRIENDS FROM THE MEDIA
STUDENTS AND PUPILS
Today, our dear nation Ghana is 61 years and we are happy to witness this day. I congratulate you all gathered here on this august occasion on behalf of the government of Ghana in my capacity as the Municipal Chief Executive.
Ladies and gentlemen, as we are aware, the attainment of independence for Ghana from British colonial rule did not come on a silver platter. It took our fore-fathers years to achieve it and some lost their lives in the course of the struggle.
It is for this reason that we will forever eulogise the big six, namely, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, Ebenezer Ako Adjei, Edward Akuffo- Addo, Joseph Boakye Danquah, Wiliam Ofori Atta and Emmanuel Obetsebi Lamptey. They were the founding members of the United Gold Coast Convention (UGCC) who led us to this victory.
Britain finally relinquished its control over Ghana, the then Gold Coast on 6th March, 1957 making Ghana the first African nation to gain independence from colonial rule.
The theme for this year’s Independence Day Anniversary celebration is “Putting Ghana Beyond Aid”. Indeed, the time has come for our dear country to wean itself off foreign aids and loans for national development in this 21st century.
As Ghanaians, it is our hope that we will mobilise enough internal revenue to develop the various sectors of our economy. This would only be possible when we all play our parts by contributing our quota in terms of paying taxes, fees, tolls and honouring other financial obligations so that our beautiful dreams and aspirations of good roads, hospitals, schools, electricity, potable water and many others will become reality.
The Ghana Revenue Authority has begun a national campaign to help government raise the necessary revenue under the theme, “Our Taxes –Our Future”. Let us all support them as good citizens in whatever way we can to achieve the needed revenue targets for nation building.
Ladies and gentlemen, as a woman, I am particularly interested in girl-child education since most girls drop-out along the way on the educational ladder. Parents, especially mothers must have special interest in their female children. They should cut down on the expenses on clothes, cosmetics and social functions and channel them into education.
I also advise teachers to keep up the good work and even do more by improving on the quality of teaching. Students and pupils should take their studies serious. Learning should not end when school is over but rather continue even after school.
As an Assembly, LEKMA is doing its best to give quality education by way of building more schools and expanding existing ones in order to abolish the shift system. New school blocks are being put up at Teshie Krobo 1, Nungua SDA and Nungua Anglican. Teshie Technical Training School has been given an additional classroom block. Desks and other furniture have also been distributed to schools that lack them.
The current government under the leadership of his Excellency, President Nana Addo Danquah Akuffo Addo is very much interested in education and making sure that no child is left out due to lack of money to pay school fees hence the introduction of the FREE SHS in September 2017.
Teacher Training Allowance was restored to motivate more youth to join this noble profession so that they could come back to fill the schools without teachers.
The Ghana School Feeding Programme is on-going and will continue to provide pupils with one hot meal a day to increase school attendance.
At this juncture, I say a big thank you to the Municipal Education Directorate and the organisers of this parade- the LEKMA Independence Anniversary Committee for organising such a beautiful parade.
Ladies and gentlemen, in conclusion, let this 61st anniversary guide all and sundry to be productive and law abiding for the development of the nation.
God bless our homeland Ghana.