The National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) has stated that it is mandated for both the state and the citizenry towork towards fostering national cohesion and inclusion.
It cautioned that without the state and the citizenry working together there will be chaos in the country.
The Commission noted that it had been mandated through the 1992 Constitution to educate, sensitise and raise awareness on its objectives and principles which should be inculcated in the youth as they developed to be responsible citizens to take over the mantle of leadership.
Ms Josephine Nkrumah, the Chairperson of NCCE, made the callat a programme organised by the Ningo-Prampram Directorate of the Commission in collaboration with the Ministry of National Security and the Inter Party Dialogue Committee (IPDC) to educate and sensitise Ghanaians on national cohesion and inclusiveness.
It was on the theme: ‘Empowering Ghanaians to stand for National Cohesion and Inclusive Participation’ andsought to enlighten citizens to live in peace, unity and harmony.
According to Ms Nkrumah, “Chapter six, Article 14 of the 1992 Constitution has mandated both the state and the citizenry, irrespective of the party in government, policies, programmes and social interventions and the law must foster national unity, peace, security and stability.
“Peace, unity, cohesion, stability, security and inclusiveness are essential for progress, growth and development of our country and we must endeavour to abide by, safeguard and protect the 1992 Constitution,” she entreated.
Lucille Annan, Greater Accra Regional Director, NCCE, urged the public to report suspicious behaviours and activities to security agencies and charged the youth to desist from violence and report to authorities any suspicious characters within communities.
She indicated that development could only take place in an environment of peace and unity while violence destroyed both lives and properties and left the state poorer and security services were poised to protect the citizenry adding that “we must be law-abiding by promoting peace, cohesion and unity wherever we find ourselves.
“However, some problems and challenges can be resolved through Alternative Dispute Resolution mechanism and we must not take the law into our own hands but report to the police to deal with perpetrators,” Mrs Annan stressed. -GNA