As part of efforts to solicit the input of stakeholders in the implementation of the Commission’s programmes, the NCCE held a National Organising Committee (N.O.C) at the Commission’s Headquarters in Accra on Wednesday, May 9, 2018.
The N.O.C is a committee set up by the NCCE to engage stakeholders from various Institutions in the organisation and implementation of its Constitution Week activities. The Committee, made up of representatives from the Security Services, Civil Society Organisations, Judicial Service, Christian Council, Commission for Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) Musiga, Ghana Initiative Integrity (GII), Ghana Anti- Corruption Coalition (GACC), National Service Secretariat, Ghana National Association of Teachers, University of Ghana and the Media, dialogued on activities outlined for the 2018 Constitution Week.
In her opening remarks, Ms. Josephine Nkrumah, NCCE Chairman, stated that the stakeholders invited must partake in NCCE’s activities because civic education is a shared responsibility and involved every citizen. Touching on NCCE’s theme for the year “Our Nation, Our Heritage: Consolidating Ghana’s Democratic Gains” she said, it was important to consolidate gains made under the 4th Republic after 25 years of uninterrupted constitutional rule. Ms. Nkrumah added that we can achieve that when the NOC representatives became advocates of civic education. The Chairman reiterated that as Ghana celebrates the 1992 Constitution, it was necessary for the citizens to re-examine what democratic governance is and the need to sustain it.
The Director of Programmes, Mr. Johnson Opoku, gave an overview of the lineup of activities for the 2018 Constitution Week Celebrations. The Director stated that, the sub theme for the Constitution Week activities, “Transparency and Accountability” aims to urge citizens to be transparent in their dealings and also hold duty bearers accountable for their stewardship. He added that the relevance of 28th April could not be overlooked as that was the day the Constitution was accepted through a referendum, which also entailed that provision that guaranteed the establishment of the NCCE.
Mr. Akuamoah, in a related statement, said the NCCE, in July, would roll out series of activities to celebrate 25 years of the existence of the Commission as an Independent constitutionally mandated institution which also serves as a reminder for Ghanaians on how important it is to protect and safeguard the 1992 Constitution.
Representatives of the N.O.C made useful contributions which they hoped will inform the Commission in the implementation of its activities. Notable among them were:
- NCCE to collaborate extensively with other public Institutions
- The use of Social Media to spread civic education in the country
- Educate citizens on values to reduce moral decadence
- Introduction of civics in school curriculum to make the students civic minded
- Steps the NCCE is taking to engage hawkers and other citizens who do not know the constitution?