THE OCCASION OF THE 56TH INDEPENDENCE DAY ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS

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ADDRESS DELIVERED BY THE MCE HON. DANIEL AMARTEY MENSAH ON THE OCCASION OF THE 56TH INDEPENDENCE DAY ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS ON WEDNESDAY 6TH MARCH, 2013 AT THE NORTHERN CLUSTER OF SCHOOLS (GONNO SCHOOL) TESHIE

  • Hon. Members of Parliament,
  • Hon. Presiding Member,
  • Nii Mei Ke Naa Mei,
  • The Municipal Director of Education,
  • The Kpeshie Divisional Commander,
  • Heads of Municipal Security Agencies,
  • Hon. Assembly Members,
  • Heads of Departments,
  • Head Teachers & Teachers Present,
  • Distinguished Invited Guests,
  • Friends from the Media,
  • Pupils & Students Present,

Today marks yet another important milestone in the history of our dear motherland, Ghana. On behalf of myself and the Government, I congratulate you all on the occasion of our 56th Independence Day Anniversary Celebrations.

I am very impressed with each one of you on the parade ground this morning. You have added so much pump and pageantry to the celebrations.

I commend members of the Planning Committee for their efforts and creativity. The Committee has definitely accorded me so much honour for inviting me to deliver the address on behalf of His Excellency the President on this occasion.

This year’s theme “Partnership and Innovation to build a New and Better Ghana” goes a long way to echo His Excellency’s word during his swearing in. He pronounced that not partisanship but partnership shall be the formation in which we shall march forward in our effort at national development.

In this vain, I call on all Ghanaians to resolve to change our mindset regarding our attitude towards work and our individual responsibilities. This would help Ghanaians to create a better nation for posterity.

While we congratulate all the heroes and heroines who fought and contributed to the attainment of the independence of our dear nation, let us all acknowledge the selfless dedication with which they fought for our freedom.

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we as a nation have improved on our democratic credentials; good governance, political stability and the proverbial warm Ghanaian hospitality which has collectively made Ghana a major attractive destination in Africa for development. As a government and people our priority should be to create a conducive environment for public private partnership.

The Ghanaian spirit which has endured, will endure even stronger as we put our shoulders to the wheel and build a “Better Ghana”. We should however not forget that the bedrock of national development is education.

I wish on this note to call on parents in the Municipality to make education of their children a priority and place it on a high pedestal. As parents, it is our responsibility to ensure that our children are given the quality education that will lift them out of poverty, ignorance and deprivation.

Ladies and Gentlemen, permit me to emphasis that education is a shared responsibility in which parents and guardians are required to contribute their quota to complement the efforts of teachers in the upbringing of their wards.

I believe, it is our responsibility, as students and pupils to also remember that discipline and hard work are the only panacea to achieving any thing useful and meaningful in life. Since the interplay of discipline and hard work is the key to academic excellence, I wish to urge school authorities to ensure that they install these virtues in students and pupils. These they could do through the application of appropriate school rules and regulations. This is because a better and new Ghana would need people with upright character and with academic excellence to take positions of trust.

A collaborative effort by all stakeholders is needed to reverse the looming indiscipline behaviours in schools, such as disrespect for authority, insubordination, truancy, refusal to do assignments or write exams, lack of focus, drug addiction and occultism, which has become endemic am

ong students.

Ladies and Gentlemen, we were surprised to hear at a recent review meeting of the Health Directorate that HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases are on ascendancy in this Municipality. It was revealed that the average prevalence rate in the Municipality is 2.3 as compared to the national average rate of 2.1. As students, we no doubt know the mode of transmission of these Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) and what is required of us to avoid contraction them.

Since this is an issue that the Assembly can not address solely, I would once again appeal to all stakeholders to forge partnership with us and adopt measures to halt not only this canker but others such as teenage pregnancy which is also on the rise.

We have already put in place programmes to encourage the education of the girl child. To this end, we have ensured that all our school infrastructures have the necessary facilities, such as provision of places of convenience, to promote regular school attendance by the girl child. We have also created more access at the second cycle level with the inclusion of O’Reilly Senior High to the repertoire of secondary schools in the Municipality.

These activities aside, we will this year also commit ourselves towards the realization of His Excellency the President’s vision on attainment of quality education. To this end, we will continue to do the following:

  • Prioritize and expand access at all levels
  • Work to achieve gender parity in education
  • Provide structures to integrate kindergarten education into the existing system
  • Expand the school feeding programme and
  • Enforce compulsory basic school attendance

Ladies and Gentlemen, another issue which needed mentioning because of its effect and the need to adopt a collaborative approach to combat is sanitation. Filth is a major problem which is gradually soiling our reputation especially at our beaches, which we could rather develop to promote tourism. The numerous cases of cholera, with some recorded deaths, which occur yearly in the Municipality, could have been averted if simple basic hygiene rules had been followed.

We wish to call on all stakeholders to assist us sensitize children and the youth on sanitation issues and their serious implications and impact on the lives of people. The colossal sum of money the Assembly uses on refuge evacuation could be judiciously utilized to provide projects with the propensity to aid the development of the Municipality.

Ladies and Gentlemen, a better and new Ghana will necessarily require a better and new LEKMA and in order to accelerate and propel us to this status, the Assembly will like to partner with all stakeholders especially tax/rate payers in the Municipality to generate more revenue to pursue the Assembly’s development agenda. You should for instance ensure that the actual amount of money you paid is appropriately receipted.

Ladies and Gentlemen, Members of Parliament, Nii Mei ke Naa Mei, Director of Education, Head Teachers and Teachers and Pupils, I am reliably informed that the 2012 BECE results showed massive improvement over the previous year’s performance, and will therefore wish to take this opportunity to thank both teaching and non-teaching staff of the Education Directorate for this singular fate. It is our hope and prayer that this year’s results will also be better than last year’s.

Once again, I congratulate all those who have made it possible for us to have a successful Independence Day Celebration. Together, whether young or old and at all times, let our love for mother Ghana override all other interests.

Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen, and my dear children thanks for your audience.

God Bless Ghana.

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