A parade of school children, school cadet corps, artisans and other organized groups was held at Bechem to mark the 57th Independence Day Anniversary.
Picture left shows a section of the school children at the parade grounds whilst picture right shows the dignitaries taking the guard of honour.
The parade which saw dignitaries like Hon. Dr. Hanna Louis Bissiw, the Deputy Minister of Agric, Hon. Bukari Zakari Anaba, the Tano South District Chief Executive, Hon. Anthony Opoku,the Presiding member of Tano South Distirct Assembly, Honourable Assembly Members, Mrs Mary Grace Bonye, the Tano South District Director of Education, Mr Sulemana B. Saaka, the Tano South District Cordinating Director, the Clergy ,Nananom and Heads of Government Departments was climaxed with a march past of school children and students drawn from the second cycle institutions with the artisans from the Bechem Light Industrial Area also participating in the march past.
In an anniversary address read on behalf of His Excellency John Dramani Mahama, the Tano South District Chief Executive, Hon. Bukari Zakari Anaba said, Ghana has attained 57th years since it gained its independence from the colonial masters and said independence day is a day set aside to remind ourselves especially the youth of the sacrifices our founding fathers made to attain independence. He urged all and sundry to pay tribute to Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah and other members who struggled to attain independence for Ghana and charged the current generation and those who are yet to unborn to imitate the exemplary life of the big six.
The Tano South District Chief Executive reading the anniversary address.
Touching on the theme for this years’ celebration o f “building a better and prosperous Ghana through patriotism and national unity” the DCE stressed that, the theme would help to offer Ghanaians the opportunity to ponder and reflect as people on various facets of live and mentioned the advantages which patriotism brings to a nation which he said makes one exercises love and willingness to sacrifice for his country, inspire us for noble deeds and natures human feeling and brotherhood among people.
On national unity, the DCE said, it is the act of making together as one people with a common purpose and destiny and explained that, we cannot build a better and prosperous Ghana, if we make partisan politics tear us apart and hinted that people cannot be united, if there is no peace and congratulated Nananom, security agencies, district education directorate, Hon. Assembly members and other people for working in harmonious manner to help maintain peace in the district.
On Ghana’s economy, the DCE said since Ghana has attained middle income level, sometimes the country would encounter difficulties and when such challenges come people should take it as a temporary thing and advised people to support the government to enable the government achieve its vision for the country.
The District Chief Executive used the occasion to explain some government policies and intervention programmes ,and touched on education by saying that since education is the bedrock of our development the government is committed to making education accessible to all and as a result, government will continue to expand infrastructure in our schools across the educational structure thereby creating more opportunities in our colleges of education to absorb more qualified Senior High School graduates who wish to take teaching as a profession. He announced that, the Tano South District is part of the first fifty out of the two hundred (200) beneficiary districts which would receive the community day senior high schools the government has proposed to build in the country to help students have comfortable places for learning.
On the falling standard of education in the district, Hon. Bukari Zakari Anaba said, the Tano South Assembly has informed the district education oversight committee made of a five (5) member committee to investigate into the matter and present a report to the Assembly on the causes of the falling trend in education to enable the Assembly take corrective measures to reverse the disturbing trend.
The DCE said the President has directed all MMDA’s to name streets and address properties within their jurisdictions and stressed that, Tano South District’s street naming and property address team was inaugurated in September, 2013 and hinted that, when the project is fully implemented, it would help the utility service providers, security agencies and emergency services to respond promptly to distress call when the need arise and urged Nananom, Assembly Members and other stakeholders to co-operate with the field workers and provide the team with accurate information to help make the exercise a success.
The District Chief Executive concluded his address by urging students to work hard and stay away from immoral lifestyles, issues of drugs, alcoholism, violence, and sexual activities to enable them devote their time for learning.
In a short address, the Member of Parliament for Tano South Constituency, Hon. Dr. Hanna Louis Bissiw advised the youth to work hard to enable them attain higher heights in life and urged them to respect their parents, teachers and the elderly people.
The Member of Parliament for Tano South Constituency addressing the gathering and decorating a pupil
At the end of the parade, certificates were presented to all the participating schools and prizes were awarded to the first best three schools in the primary, JHS, and the second cycle categories for their performance in the march past.
A section of the school children in the march past.