The government has given the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) 50 Isuzu vehicles and GH¢2,517,000 to facilitate its public education campaign on the COVID-19 pandemic across the country.
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, through the Office of the Chief of Staff made the presentation to the Commission for distribution to the regional and district offices.
Chairperson of NCCE, Ms Josephine Nkrumah, in handing-over the vehicles at a ceremony in Accra, thanked President Akufo-Addo for personally taking interest in the work of the Commission by resourcing it.
“There is so much the NCCE can do to stir-up civic consciousness among citizens of Ghana, unfortunately the lack of resources and tools remain a setback for the Commission to reach out to the larger population”, she said.
Ms Nkrumah, therefore, thanked civil society organisations, the media and other stakeholders who passionately advocated that the NCCE be resourced to educate citizens on COVID-19 as well as intensify civic education in Ghana.
She charged all officers and personnel of the Commission to work hard in their collective fight against COVID-19 since “the work of the civic educator in the next three months is critical”
She cautioned drivers and users of the vehicles to take care of the vehicles as if they were their own.
“Government has loaned these vehicles to us for only three months and we must be mindful that the image, integrity and reputation of the Commission will be at stake if we mishandle these vehicles. Let’s ensure that we return these loaned vehicles to government in the state that they came”, she added.
Ms Nkrumah urged all Ghanaians to continue to religiously adhere to all the safety protocols to help contain the spread of the global pandemic, saying “The future of Ghana is in our hands, together let’s kick coronavirus out of our country.”
Present at the ceremony were, Deputy Chairman, Operations, Mr Samuel Asare Akuamoah, Director, Communications and Corporate Affairs, Mrs Joyce Afutu and her deputy Mrs Rita Tetteh, transport officers and drivers from the regions.
BY TIMES REPORTER