Mrs Adwoa Amoako
Mrs Adwoa Amoako

The Tema West Municipal Assembly (TWMA) has for the first time joined other districts in Ghana to celebrate Ghana’s Independence Day anniversary with a call on citizens to embrace peace as the only requirement for progress and development.

“As we are all aware, a nation’s development also depends on the peace and harmony the citizens enjoy and Ghana cannot succeed if its people are not at peace with one another,” the Municipal Chief Executive of TWMA says.

Mrs. Adwoa Amoako said this on Wednesday during Ghana’s 62nd Independence Anniversary Parade and March-past held by the TWMA, a newly created municipality, at the Aggrey Road Basic School Park, Community Two, Tema.

Mrs. Amoako said Independence Day was also a day to account for citizen’s contribution to nation building.

“We ask ourselves what we can do in the midst of these great opportunities and big challenges? Small but concrete actions contribute to national progress,” she informed.

The MCE observed that values like honesty, participation, consultation, transparency, and good attributes of professionalism “such as hard work, reliability, sincerity and integrity are essential to making meaningful contributions to our political, social and economic life.”

She advised students to strive for truth and honesty to make them better leaders for the future whilst they studied and aspired for higher positions in future.

She thanked parents for their effort in raising children to become good citizens and patriots “who would demonstrate acts of love for beloved Ghana.”

Mrs. Amoako informed that, in her bid to support President Akufo Addo’s free SHS policy, the TWMA will be improving on existing school infrastructure, construct new ones and ensure the provision of classroom furniture to enhance teaching and learning.

She told of how his outfit had installed solar-powered streetlights at the Adjei Kojo School for the Deaf to provide security and ensure safety for the students at night.

The Member of Parliament for the Tema West Constituency, Mr. Carlos Kingsley Ahenkorah, in a short address, said that 62 years of independence, Ghana should not only be celebrating independence from colonial rule.

He observed that after 62 years, Ghana should be wishing for independence from other things other than oppression; “We should seek independence from sicknesses, and unhealthy lifestyles,” which was the guarantee for building a prosperous nation.

The Tema Metro Deputy Director of Education in charge of Planning and Statistics, Mr. Henry Ayetse, who represented the Tema Metro Director of Education, observed the need to teach children the values of peace and unity and the meaning of love and service to humanity.

He said the future of Ghana was in the hands of Ghanaians because the future will depend on how we prepare children saying “we should all play our diverse roles in steering the future of these children well.”

Mr. Ayetse said, certain developments in Ghana’s recent history should gave stakeholders cause for concern as far as the peace of Ghana was concerned.

He expressed worry about the increasing number of school girls who dropped out of school because of pregnancy, and prayed that parents and teachers ensured their retention.

He was also worried about drug abuse prevalence among the youth in Ghana which was accounting for poor performance in schools which could lead to a bleak future for the young once.

At the end of the celebrations, Tema Secondary School emerged as the best secondary school on parade in Tema West whilst the best basic school on parade went to Sakumono Complex 1 Junior high School.

The Tema West Independence Anniversary Parade and March-past, which was on the theme, “Celebrating peace in unity” had 17 contingents on parade.

This was made up of 822 students, 34 teachers, 60 members of Cadet Corps and other voluntary organizations.

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