Ghanaians have been encouraged to work towards creating an atmosphere that breed tolerance, peace, national unity and cohesion in order to ensure that the commitment to develop the country yielded positive results.
They have also been entreated to play their roles in promoting unity and national cohesion in the country to achieve accelerated and sustainable development in Ghana.
The Chairperson of the National Commission for Civic Education, NCCE, Madam Josephine Nkrumah made this assertion at the Inter-Party Dialogue Committee meeting organised by the Ningo-Prampram District office of the NCCE in collaboration with the Ministry of National Security at Prampram in the Greater Accra region.
The meeting which was on the theme; “Empowering Ghanaians To Stand For National Cohesion” was to educate the citizenry on national cohesion and inclusive participation.
The meeting brought together members of the various political parties, Traditional leaders Assembly members and the Electoral Commission.
Madam Nkrumah noted that political, religious intolerance and ethnocentrism has become a major setback to the country’s collective development especially in recent times and there is the need to imbibe in Ghanaians values that fostered peace and unity.
“We know that every time we come out of an election, there is a deepening sense of party lines-division, we are also aware of the secessionists movement that is growing in some of the regions of Ghana and so it is as a result of some of these things that have become a threat to our democracy that we intend to promote, foster peace and national cohesion,” she said.
She entreated Ghanaians to resonate the spirit of oneness, patriotism and nationalism to accelerate development and entrench the democratic credentials of the country.
“One of the dividends of democracy is development but there can be no development without peace, even if you have all the natural resources in the world and so, we want Ghanaians to appreciate that oneness, togetherness and unity as values that will drive us forward,” she reiterated.
Touching on violence extremism, Madam Nkrumah stated that recent happenings involving secessionist movements and their activities and violence extremists within West Africa sub region should be concern to all Ghanaians.
She reiterated the Commission’s commitment to carrying out its civic education to rally Ghanaians towards promoting peace and national cohesion for collective development.
The Greater Accra regional Director of the NCCE, Mrs. Lucille Hewlett-Annan, urged Ghanaians especially politicians to be mindful of their utterances which has potential to create disunity and confusion.
She said the expression of ideas and opinions must ensure decency is supreme in the selection of words in a polarized political system.
Mrs. Hewlett-Annan cautioned that such negative utterances posed a threat to the peace, unity, stability, cohesion and harmony prevailing in the country.
Commenting on the 1992 Constitution of Ghana, she noted that Ghana is a unitary state and the 1992 constitution is the supreme law of the land which enjoins Ghanaians to live in unity and peacefully with one another to achieve national development.
Mrs. Hewlett-Annan encouraged participants to always practice patriotism and nationalism saying is important elements for the safeguarding of our national cohesion and stability.
She noted that to achieve national cohesion, participants have to preserve, protect and defend the lives, interests, territories and possessions of citizens adding that; our national values for justice, equality, inclusion, tolerance, fundamental human rights and freedoms as stipulated by the 1992 constitution, eschew all forms of discrimination.
Mrs. Hewlett-Annan emphasized the need to observe the procedures as contained in the Public Order Act 491 to create essential opportunities for promoting mutual understanding.
On his part the Ningo-Prampram District Director of the NCCE, Oppong Mensah noted that recently, there has been some emerging security challenges in the country that has threated national and human security, hence the NCCE’s public education was a public tool to remind the citizenry of the essence of peace and unity.
He urged Ghanaians to take interest in nation building, cohesion and peaceful coexistence adding that when there is no national cohesion there is no peace and there is no development and progress in the country.
Participants of the IPDC meeting were given the chance to ask questions and make suggestions that will help the committee achieve its mandate.
They also pledged to create an atmosphere that bred tolerance, peace, national unity and cohesion.
By: Paul Mamattah