The Oforikrom Municipal Director of the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) Mrs. Vera Ofei has noted that, Ghana is without doubt a peaceful democratic country however; the rise in activities of secessionist groups and other violent extremism could affect the peace of the country thus the need to educate the public against it.
She made this call in a program organized by the Oforikrom NCCE in collaboration with the National Security on Saturday 21st August, 2021 at the Mercy Baptist Church Auditorium in Oforikrom.
The program was a response call by the Ministry of National Security to empower the citizenry to eschew secessionism movements and its consequences and embrace national cohesion and inclusive participation in governance to promote peace in the country, after the maiden edition that was held at Sampa in the Jaman North District of the Bono region.
In a PowerPoint presentation, the Regional Director of the NCCE Mrs. Margaret Konamah emphasized the need to create awareness on the rights and responsibilities of the citizenry noting Article 41 of the 1992 constitution as the main responsibility of the NCCE. She further urged the populace to stay away from violent activities saying that we are one people thus the need to put Ghana first.
In addition, the former Regional Director of NCCE Mr. Raphael Arthur Wilson cited the case of Western Togoland and the grievous impacts it had on the inhabitants of the region and Ghana as a whole.
The Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) for Oforikrom Mr. Godwin Ahianyo was present to educate the attendees on police activities, pointing that vigilantism may be considered a crime and culprits, if caught with guns, could be sentenced to not less than 15yrs imprisonment. He further tasked the attendees to assist the police in vanquishing ghettos in the neighborhood by reporting and eventually leading the police to such places.
Participants were representatives of youth groups and other opinion leaders of Anloga Township in the Oforikrom Municipality.