The District Chief Executive (DCE) for the Bongo District in the Upper East Region, Hon. Peter Ayinbisa Ayamga has stated that, the aspirations of Ghana today were no longer that of freedom from colonialism. He added that, the countrys founding fathers the big six with the instrumentality of Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, freedom fighters, the chiefs and people around the 1950s and a bit earlier, were confronted with the need for political emancipation and freedom from the colonial masters and thus, fought for exactly that.
The DCE who was addressing school children at the districts celebration of Ghanas 63rd Independence Anniversary under the theme Consolidating Our Gains emphasised that, as a country we are today more concerned about economic emancipation, social development, moral sanctity, quality education, promotion of peace and unity among others. He noted however that, the achievement of all these will be largely dependent on how well and effectively, the current and future generations of the country play their roles as responsible citizens.
Hon. Ayinbisa therefore charged all duty bearers and other critical stakeholders including parents, to pay more attention and give quality support to Ghanas youth who are the future handlers of the countrys resources and its forward march to desirable heights of development across all spheres of life. He said it was not for nothing that annually, school children were made the central focus of the celebrations but for the important reason that, it reminds them constantly of the sacrifices the forefathers of Ghana had to make including laying down their lives, to gain freedom and independence from colonial bondage.
The DCE told the students you are here not only to participate in the march-past, but to draw inspiration from what our founding fathers and the current generation have done to secure a peaceful country for us all. Though he admitted that the country still had some challenges regarding education, health, housing, water and sanitation among other essential areas, the country could only overcome all these and more, through the generation of enough revenues locally and making very judicious use of every resource.
According to him, the Nana Addo led-administration has committed itself to leading a transformational agenda that is geared towards making Ghana a self-sustaining nation by strengthening the foundation of the countrys economy and building on the giant gains already made. He mentioned the industrialisation policy of One District, One Factory, the agric development policy of One Village, One Dam as well as the Planting for Food and Jobs programme as targeted at the rapid development of the country. He therefore charged citizens in the district and elsewhere in Ghana, to safeguard the achievements the country had made across all sectors of the economy so that additional developmental strides could be hinged on these foundations into the future.
Touching on this years theme for the independence anniversary Consolidating Our Gains, Hon. Ayinbisa noted that, the theme requires that Ghana develops her human resource which would then trigger a soaring national productivity. This he further noted, also calls for quality education which does not only enlighten people but also serves as an important tool for fighting poverty and securing the lives of future generations. He said it was on this background that, the current government did everything possible to succeed in implementing the Free Senior High School Programme and gave the strongest assurance that, nothing can push government to ever truncate the programme.
In all, a total of 25 Primary Schools, 25 Junior High Schools and nine Senior High Schools as well as three contingents of cadet corps from the Gowrie, Zorkor and Bongo Senior High Schools took part in the colourful independence parade and march-past. Aside the cadet corps, each of the participating schools presented 30 students and two teachers for the parade.
Meanwhile other civil society organisations, artisans associations and other social and business groupings also partook in the march-past.
Source: Peter Atogewe Wedam (ISD-Bongo)