The Council headed by the Omanhene Nana Amoa Aturu Nkonkonkyia II raised concerns over the safety and security of the teachers and pupils from Japekrom, Basakrom and Kwasibourkrom.
He, in a letter, addressed to the Education Directorate in the area said the safety of students and teachers attending the ceremony cannot be guaranteed following the clashes recorded in 2018 which resulted in the death of three persons.
The Traditional Council also added that they do not have hope in the Municipal Police Command and the Municipal Chief Executive hence the directive to the schools not to attend the ceremony.
The schools which boycotted the parade were: Our Lady of Providence SHS at Kwasibourkrom, Presby JHS, Japekrom, Presby Primary, Japekrom, Methodist JHS, Japekrom, Methodist Primary, Japekrom, Islamic JHS, among others.
When the MCE for Jaman South, Alhaji Abuu was contacted, he declined commenting on the issue.
However, the Secretary of the Japekrom Traditional Council, Nana Sei in an interview said, “It is good they complied with our directive to boycott the 6th March Parade.”
“We as Traditional Council took the decision because of the concerns from most parents in the area, security in the area has not improved since the incident happened,” he added.
Shooting at Japekrom
There was also trouble in Japekrom in October 2018 over a shooting incident by some unknown assailants in Drobo, a rival town.
Official Police report said two persons were confirmed dead, while 14 others were in critical condition.
The communities were eventually slapped with a dawn to dusk curfew.
The curfew imposed on the two communities is yet to be lifted.
The National Commission on Civic Education [NCCE] has called on Ghanaians to be appreciative of the progress made in sustaining peace and unity across the country since independence.
According to the NCCE, 62 years of independence is a rather great achievement and it is important for citizens to appreciate the progress the country has made.
In a press release signed by the Chairperson of the Commission, Madam Josephine Nkrumah, the theme for the country’s 62nd Independence Day celebration – ‘Celebrating Peace and Unity’ – is particularly relevant in this time where the country has experienced some security threats with the emergence of political militia groups.
“Celebrating Peace and Unity’, our 62nd anniversary theme could not be more timely. At a time when Ghana continues to witness rampant security threats with the existence of political party militias, the theme reinforces the need for Ghanaians to appreciate our enviable peace and stability.”
“For the first time our independence dayis being celebrated out of the country’s capital, Accra and will be observed in Tamale in the Northern Region. The historic peace in Dagbon after many years of conflict goes to emphasize the need for regional peace and stability as a necessary pillar for national development and further consolidates our growing democracy. Citizens within other regions of the country must therefore seek to promote peace and cohesion.”
The NCCE also noted that the peaceful installation of the new Yaa-Na of Dagbon Abukari Mahama also emphasizes the need for peace and stability as national development thrives in such environments.
Below is the full statement from the NCCE
The National Commission for Civic Education, NCCE, wishes all citizens of Ghana a happy Independence Day Anniversary. Ghana’s 62nd Anniversary is a significant milestone and the Commission calls on Ghanaians to celebrate the birth of Mother Ghana and her total liberation from colonial rule.
Sixty-two (62) years of Independence is a great achievement and it is important for citizens to appreciate how far our nation, Ghana, has journeyed. It therefore behoves all citizens to reflect on the relevance of the day and what it represents in our national life.
The NCCE on Independence Day urges all citizens to reclaim and uphold the Ghanaian values and identity that best define us as a people. The values of peace, unity, tolerance, honesty amongst others. Ghana has always been seen as a peace loving country. The values of peace and unity are values our forefathers lived to make Ghana a better and peaceful place for future generations. As a country let’s begin to revive and restore these values as we celebrate 62 years of independence and beyond.
Celebrating Peace and Unity’, our 62nd anniversary theme could not be more timely. At a time when Ghana continues to witness rampant security threats with the existence of political party militias, the theme reinforces the need for Ghanaians to appreciate our enviable peace and stability.”
“For the first time our independence dayis being celebrated out of the country’s capital, Accra and will be observed in Tamale in the Northern Region. The historic peace in Dagbon after many years of conflict goes to emphasize the need for regional peace and stability as a necessary pillar for national development and further consolidates our growing democracy. Citizens within other regions of the country must therefore seek to promote peace and cohesion.
The NCCE reminds Ghanaians to preach the values of peace and unity in our homes especially to the youth of this country. In unity, peace and development, we would stand great and strong amongst nations. The citizenry including political parties, political actors, religious fraternity, security services, Civil Society Organisations, trade unions and the media must redirect their actions and energies into projecting peace and unity on their platforms. This will promote peaceful coexistence among citizens for a great Ghana.
The power of oneness promotes national stability, tolerance and cohesion. Happy 62nd Independence Anniversary to the people of Ghana.
The students’ Representative Council of the Ghana Institute of Journalism has officially launched their Sports Week at the Press Centre.
The Sports Commission of the Institute’s SRC launched the Sports week with the allocation of groups to the various departments as well as the fixtures for the various competitions.
Speaking to the Financial Secretary of the School’s SRC, Mr. Redeemer Buatsie outlined the activities earmarked for the week long celebrations which is scheduled for March 4, 2019 to March 8,2019 and assured the student body of the support from the SRC.
He said” the SRC will do its best to make sure the sports week becomes a success” and added “ We are inviting foreign scouts to the field to scout players who are going to perform well”. This he said could potentially land players ground breaking contracts to clubs both in Ghana and abroad
Meanwhile the winner aside the trophy, will also be given a goat coupled with some other items.
The official Media Partner for the Sports Week is OMYTV with support from omytvgh.com
The Ghana Institute of journalism is set to launch its 60th Anniversary Celebration today 1st March 2019, 10 am at the forecourt of the institute in Osu, Accra.
The celebration is aimed at connecting alumni, students, corporate Ghana, numerous friends and supporters with theme, “Celebrating Our Past, Inspiring Our Future”.
The celebrations will feature activities through to October 2019 including exhibitions, public lectures, an academic conference, health walk, fundraising events, and end in October with an alumni homecoming, grand durbar, and gala.
The institute will also launch both a Digital Media Hub project and a GHS100 million endowment fund at the event.
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