58TH INDEPENDENCE DAY ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION IN LEKMANews, Spotlight — March 17, 2015 at 12:00 pm Print This Post | Email This Post
On the occasion of Ghana’s 58th Independence Day Anniversary celebration, the Ledzokuku- Krowor Municipal Assembly (LEKMA) organized a parade on the 6th of March, 2015 at the Teshie Northern Cluster of schools. This is to mark the 58 years of freedom or independence from the country’s colonial rule. The theme for this year’s celebration was ‘Achieving Transformation through National Unity’
There was a total of 70 teachers and 1,700 students at the parade grounds. This include 5 second cycle schools, 13 public schools, 5 private schools, 5 second cycle schools and 4 cadets all from LEKMA. The Nungua LEKMA 4 JSS, St Augustine’s Anglican Basic Nungua, Teshie Hedor Roman Catholic School, Birdies of the Hill, Supreme Academy, Vichrist Parents School and St Francis JHS Nungua were among the schools that took part in the parade. The Teshie Nungua Tea Sellers Association also came to support the celebration.
The programme began with the arrival and marching of contingents onto the parade grounds followed by the arrival of the Municipal Chief Executive and Members of Parliament (MP) for both Ledzokuku and Krowor Constituencies and their entourage. There was then an inspection of the parade by the Municipal Chief Executive- Hon Seth Badu Tawiah, Director of Education -Mr. Yaw Fosu Dankwah and the Kpeshie Divisional Police Commander-Mrs. Agnes Segbefia.
A student from the LEKMA ‘2’ JHS began the programme with a traditional prayer. It was quickly followed with the Muslim prayer by another student from the Dar Es Salaam Islamic School and finally the Christian prayer came from a student of the Anglican JHS.
Mr. Yaw Fosu Dankwah, the Director of Education gave the welcome address in which he stated that 6th March is a day marked to thank God for his blessings over the country and our lives as citizens of the country. He called on everyone to see one another as one people fighting for a common course; that is peace and unity in the country. He added that we must unite and work together as one regardless of our tribe, sex, age or religious differences. He urged all to use appropriate means to make our grievances known and also work together for the common good of the country.
Hon. Mrs. Benita Sena Okity Duah- MP for Ledzokuku Constituency gave a brief remark in which she stated that from 1957 to date, we as a nation have joined hands to overcome some of the major challenges facing the country. She recounted that it has been 58 years of oneness and togetherness hence the importance of the gathering. According to her, the sight of the children excites her since in them she sees the future of our dear nation. She therefore showed appreciation for the support and effort that parents and teachers are putting in to ensure that the children get the best of the education they need. She said on her part, she is ready to support schools and the young ones to help improve the quality of education in all levels within the constituency.
She mentioned that, this year like the years gone by, she will organize free holiday classes for all JHS 1 to JHS 3 students. Also, with the help of the assembly, they have ensured the walling of the Camp 2 Basic School to protect it from intruders especially during school hours. Moreover, for the first time, she was presenting cash prizes to the three students who performed well in the 2014 BECE. This cash prices will assist in purchasing of text books and other educational materials they may need in their studies. Again, to honor and acknowledge the efforts of schools, she donated GH₵ 5000 for the purchase of the plagues that will be presented at the celebration.
She further reiterated that she is in the process of procuring 30 bunk beds for students at Teshie Presbyterian Senior High School to accommodate more students into the boarding facility. She has also adopted the Fashion Department of the Teshie Technical Institute and will therefore support the students there in all ways possible for them to realize their dreams as fashion designers. She will further procure 100 bags of cement to support the construction of classroom blocks at the Teshie Nursing School. She ended her address by thanking all those present and also wished everyone a great 58th anniversary celebration.
Hon. Okity Duah presented cash awards to the 3 best students in the BECE. They are Agbenya Emmanuel who was given an amount of GH ₵300.00, Doku Edmund, GH₵300.00 and finally, Dickson was also given an amount of GH₵500.00.
The MP for Krowor, Hon Dr. Kwei Kumah also welcomed all present and extended his gratitude to them for taking time off their busy schedules to grace the occasion.
In an address delivered by Hon. Seth Badu Tawiah, the Municipal Chief Executive of LEKMA, he congratulated all those gathered on behalf of the Government of Ghana. According to him, as a democratic nation, our credentials in the sub region are enviable, especially so since the early 90s to date where we have improved on our democratic process and systems. This has ensured and maintained the peace that we have enjoyed and continue to enjoy as a nation. Adding that, as a government, they have put in place schemes that have maintained the peace and the stability that we enjoy as a country. He further mentioned that government has undertaken various developmental projects and policies in the area of education. Major among these is the elimination of the shift system and schools under trees.
Again, touching on the theme, “Achieving Transformation through National Unity”, Hon. Badu Tawiah recognized it is relevant that we make peace and unity a sine qua non for development.
He took the opportunity to inform all of the impending District Level Elections which although has been suspended, will surely come on. He entreated all who are of voting age to participate and vote in order that we select the right caliber of people to handle our developmental agenda in the municipality. He finally congratulated all students, teachers, head teachers, as well as all who have contributed to the success of the programme.
Awards were then presented to the various schools that exceled in the march past. For the public school category, the first position went to Field Engineers ‘A’ JHS, followed by Nungua SDA, and then Teshie LEKMA 4. In the private schools category, the first position went to Birdies of The Hill followed by Vichrist Parents School and Supreme Academy for the second and third prizes respectively. For the cadet category, Orielly SHS Air Force came first followed by Nungua SHS Air Force and then Teshie Presby Cadet. However, all schools who took part in the parade received certificates of participation.
There were splendid displays from the Tae Kwando team of St. Augustine JHS Nungua and poetry as well as drum language from the St. Peter’s SHS and Anglican ‘1’ JHS to spice up the celebration.
Three cheers were said for Ghana which was followed by a patriotic song-‘Arise Ghana youth for your country’ to bring the day’s celebration to an end.