The District Chief Executive (DCE) of Kessena-Nankana West in the Upper East Region, Mr George Nontereh has urged Ghanaians to emulate the sense of patriotism exhibited by the country?s forebears who in unity fought to attain independence for the nation.

?We have to gird our loins and forge ahead to consolidate the peace we are enjoying now to ensure that Ghana continues to become the beacon of hope in the sub-region and beyond. We need patriotism devoid of selfishness to experience a strong and united country?, he said.

The DCE who made the call during this year?s Independence anniversary celebration held at Paga, the District capital recently, entreated Ghanaians to bury their political, ethnic and religious differences and to support President John Mahama to help accelerate the pace of development.

He pointed out that Ghana was known as the oasis of peace and beacon of hope for the rest of Africa, for which reason the country was gradually becoming the preferred destination for direct foreign investments.

Mr Nonterah stated that in spite of the economic challenges confronting the country, the National Democratic Congress as a Social Democratic government was determined to achieve the better Ghana agenda and cited the President?s recent sod cutting for the construction of the first batch of 50 Community Senor High Schools out of the 200 earmarked for construction nationwide.

He said currently Ghana was branded a middle lower income country and stressed the need for all human and material resources to be mobilized to enable it to attain the status of a middle income nation, stressing ?we all need to forge ahead together to realise this noble dream?.

He said to help achieve this, there was the need for all Ghanaians to consume made in Ghana goods which would help the country save hard earned foreign currency and become an exporter of goods and services instead of importing goods that could be manufactured in Ghana.

The DCE admonished school children to abhor indiscipline, hooliganism and all forms of deviant behaviour such as alcoholism and drug abuse to enable them to grow into responsible adults.

He said government valued the contributions of the youth to national development and that explained why the President had appointed many young persons into top level government positions.

In all, about 13 schools including Kindergarten, Primary, Junior High and Senior High Schools participated in the march pass. Schools which distinguished themselves were awarded by the District Assembly.

The occasion attracted personalities including traditional rulers and heads of department, security agencies, public service workers and members of the larger public. GNA

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