The Korle-Klottey Municipal Assembly in conjunction with the Educational Directorate on Friday observed Ghana’s 63rd Independence Anniversary parade at Osu Salem Park, a suburb of Accra.
In all 11 private and public schools, supported by three senior high school cadet corps with the Accra High School Cadet Corps Regimental Band providing melodious marching songs to make the occasion have a resemblance of national character.
Under the theme, ‘Consolidating the gains’, the event was marked with cultural displays and poetic recitals by the school children whose peers came in their numbers to witness the colourful ceremony which was also graced by traditional leaders and security services top guns within the municipality.
Addressing the gathering, Samuel Nii Adjei Tawiah, the Municipal Chief Executive said it was a joyous occasion since it was the first to be organised by the Assembly since becoming a municipal assembly from the Accra Metropolitan Assembly.
He said the assembly had been the host to past independence day anniversaries at the Independence Square, until the President in his own wisdom decided that the event should take rotational turns with Tamale, the Northern Regional capital being the first to host the national event outside the national capital.
The MCE said as a country, Ghana had come away with a lot to be proud of as people, in spite of the few challenges and constraints.
Mr Tawiah said under the current the government the country had made gains with the introduction of the Free Senior High School, the restoration of teachers and nurse trainees allowances, abolishment of 15 nuisance taxes among others.
He said the municipality had also enjoyed relative peace and would consolidate on the gains through dialogue and peaceful coexistence.
BY LAWRENCE MARKWEI