NCCE: Work to strengthen democracy

The National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) is to scale up its public education and sensitisation campaign to help the citizenry to uphold and defend the 1992 Constitution.

It has called for all citizens in West Africa to agree to work together to strengthen the pillars of democracy in the sub-Region.

This comes amid recent military takeovers in Mali, Guinea and Burkina-Faso with a failed coup d’état in Guinea Bissau.

“Citizens must not take the country’s democracy for granted because legitimacy of governance is the key element to ensure that they continued to enjoy the fundamental human rights and other rights enshrined in the Constitution.

“Ghanaians must consider it a responsibility to defend the Constitution at all times, the protection of the democratic governance is a duty call to all irrespective of political affiliation,” Josephine Nkrumah, the Chairperson of the NCCE entreated.

She disclosed that the commission would soon implement programmes designed to aid the citizenry to become more aware of their civic responsibilities, rights, obligations and continue with the Annual Democracy Lecture, Citizenship Week, Constitution Week, the Ghana Constitution Game/Quiz Competition, Social Auditing Programmes, Community Durbars, Dialogue series, and Civic Education Clubs in order to deepen democratic dispensation.

According to her, the commission’s Annual Democracy Lecture offered all citizens the opportunity to reflect on how far the country had come on its democratic journey, an opportunity to assess the challenges, problems, agree on a way forward and by doing so, strengthen the people’s resolve to ensure national cohesion, harmony, stability, peaceful coexistence and unity. -GNA

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