The Gomoa West District Chief Executive, Mr Theophilus Aidoo-Mensah, has urged Ghanaians to do away with partisanship and unite to promote national development.
In an address read at the 56th Independence anniversary parade at Apam, the DCE said the peace-loving initiatives of Ghanaians had sustained the country all these years, while other countries in the sub-region had problems with peace and, therefore, commended Ghanaians for being peace-loving.
He also said the peaceful manner in which the 2012 election was conducted and the peaceful manner in which the New Patriotic Party (NPP) was contesting the presidential results in court demonstrated that Ghanaians were peace-loving, mature and ready to move the country forward towards the reduction of poverty and illiteracy.
He said the aspirations of the forefathers to build a country that would be the star of Africa, with economic prosperity, freedom and justice as its cornerstone would elude us if we do not put aside partisanship and unite.
“We should therefore combine our efforts, energies and expertise in introducing new things, ideas and ways of doing things to develop the country,” he said.
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Mr Aidoo-Mensah also urged teachers to serve as role models for pupils and students.
“You should endeavour to create conducive atmosphere in your schools to motivate and encourage pupils to learn and develop their God-given talents,” he said.
Education, he said, must be aimed at shaping the lives of the young ones irrespective of their cultural diversity to enable them to co-exist peacefully with their neighbours and to promote social cohesion.
Mr Aidoo-Mensah added that the assembly had constructed 65 educational projects throughout the district since the National Democratic Congress (NDC) came to power in 2009.
These include classroom blocks, kindergartens, teachers’ quarters, dormitories and ICT/teachers’ resource centres.
According to him, 5,460 mono and dual desks, and teachers tables and chairs had been provided in collaboration with the Member of Parliament and the GETFund Secretariat for schools in the district.
He said 9,206 free school uniforms and over 20,000 free exercise books had also been distributed.
The DCE added that the assembly, in collaboration with CAMFED, was sponsoring over 440 needy girls in both junior high schools and senior high schools to promote girl-child education.
Madam Florence Inkoom, the Gomoa West District Director of Education, said the government acknowledged that education as key to poverty reduction, good health and food security. She therefore commended the DCE, through whose efforts schools under trees had been eliminated in the district.
“I can say for sure that there are no schools under trees in Gomoa West District,” the director stated.
Madam Inkoom expressed concern about the high incidence of teenage pregnancies in the district and appealed to stakeholders to help turn the tide.
She urged schoolchildren to take their studies seriously, saying “if you want to be leaders of tomorrow, then you have to start from today.” - GNA