The Brong-Ahafo Regional Minister Eric Opoku, has stated that nation-building needs the collective effort of the citizenry to achieve the required impact.
“Nation-building is a long and arduous task which can only be undertaken through collective effort,” he stressed, adding that, “This effort must be anchored on unconditional love for our country, hard work and an immutable sense of patriotism and national unity”.
Mr. Opoku made the statement during an address of a parade to mark the regional commemoration of the 59th Independence anniversary celebration of Ghana, held on Sunday at the Jubilee Park in Sunyani.
It was on the theme, “Investment in the Youth for Ghana’s Transformation”.
Mr. Opoku said the remembrance of the occasion, was a reflection on the struggles waged by our illustrious forefathers to wean us off colonial domination and, therefore, stressed the need for every Ghanaian to contribute immensely towards the development of the country.
“We must resolve to do everything possible and necessary to lend our quota to develop our nation so that we can leave it a better place than we met. It is our responsibility to keep the dreams and visions of our forefathers for a just and prosperous society alive,” he added.
Contingents of the security services that comprised the Military, Police, Fire Service and Immigration, 56 Primary, Junior, and Senior High Schools (SHSs), as well as representatives of the Ghana Hairdressers and Beauticians Association and other trade unions participated in the parade under the command of Captain Kwadwo Koranteng of 3 BN in Sunyani.
Goodness Link Academy, Liberation Barracks and Sunyani Municipal Assembly Primary Schools took the first, second and third positions in the march past competition, while in the Junior High School level, Bahamia Islamic, High Street and Police Experimental followed in that order.
In the second cycle division, Twene Amanfo Senior High/Technical School, Sunyani SHS and Abesim Saint James SHS/Seminary also placed first, second and third respectively.
Each of the schools was presented with a book titled “Brong-Ahafo in Focus” as a special award from the Regional Coordinating Council