The Vice President, Alhaji Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia has announced that the 2017 budgetary allocation to the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) has been doubled by the Akufo-Addo government to enable the commission carry out its role of effectively educating Ghanaians on their civic rights and values.

The Vice President made this known during the 2017 National Dialogue on the theme: “Restoring the Ghana Identity: Our Value, Our Passion”, organised by the NCCE on Wednesday June 14 at the National Theatre.

“We seem to doubt our ability to rise and build our country and this self-doubt is corroding our potentials. In a bid to reverse this trend, the President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, in his inaugural speech exalted us to embrace true citizenship and not to be mere spectators in national affairs,” Vice president said.

“The President is committed to reinvigorating patriotism and nationalism among Ghanaians and to lead us in the rebuilding of our country, based on the right values of discipline, integrity, tolerance, respect for the rule of law.

We must all take the challenge in making these values integral in our lives. Our government understands the crucial role of the NCCE in getting all of us Ghanaians to commit to these values and work as one people to immerse them in our national and personal lives. To that extent, this year, for the first time in many years, the government has increased the allocation to the NCCE to more than double what the institution received last year. For the first time in many years NCCE has also received an allocation of capital expenditure to support their work in this country,” Vice president disclosed.

“Embrace these values, move away from negative attitudes, live up to the virtues espoused in the national anthem and national pledge and to make Ghana thrive as a stable and united democratic country,” Dr. Bawumia called.

I have heard the plea of the chair of the NCCE for the restoration of civic education in our schools and I support that,” He said.

“This demonstrates government’s commitment to doing our best to support the NCCE in fulfilling its constitutional mandate and we will do all in our power to ensure that the institutions are achieved,” He assured.

“We all know to whom much is given much will be expected. Ghanaians are looking up to the NCCE to lead the charge in restoring good values in our society. Without good values, our aspirations for socio-economic excellence will be threatened and we may never attain our full potential as a people,” Alhaji Mahmud Bawumia changed.

 
 
By: Sammy Adjei