By Benedict Nkrumah
Over 1, 730 students drawn from 35 Primary and 17 Junior and Senior High Schools in the Gomoa East District of the Central Region last Tuesday took part in a parade held to celebrate Ghana’s 61st Independence Day celebration at Gomoa Afransi.
Neatly dressed in their uniform, the students made smart march past to the admiration of hundreds of people who trooped to the park to observe the event.
The Omankrado of the Gomoa Akyempim Traditional Area, Nana Adofrakye V, Gomoa East District Director of the Ghana Education Service, Mr. Robert Mensah, Swedru District Commander of the Ghana Police Service, Superintendent Seth Yirenkyi and Gomoa Central Constituency Chairman of the ruling NPP, Mr. Omar Appiah were present to join the celebrants.
In a speech read on behalf of the President of the Republic of Ghana, H. E Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo, the Gomoa East District Chief Executive, Hon. Benjamin Kojo Otoo called on the people to pursue a path to prosperity and self-respect for mother Ghana.
“It is time to pursue a path to prosperity and self-respect for our nation. A Ghana Beyond Aid is a prosperous and self-confident Ghana that is in charge of its economic destiny.
Ghana Beyond Aid is not pie in the sky notion, other countries including some of our peers at Independence have done exactly that. It is doable and we must believe that what others, with fewer resources, have done, we can do.
However, we are not going to achieve the transformation in our economy which is necessary for a Ghana Beyond Aid by just talking about it. We have to do something about it”
The statement further stated in part ” To get to Ghana Beyond Aid, we will have to effectively harness our own resources and creatively and effectively deploy them for rapid economic and social transformations.
This will require hard work, enterprise, creativity and a consistent fight against corruption in public life. It will also require that we break from a mentality of dependency and adopt a confident can-do spirit, fuelled by the love for our dear country Ghana. We cannot subordinate the common good to build a prosperous nation to the selfish interest of a few”
It further stated “Fellow Ghanaians, Ghana Beyond Aid is meant to be more than a slogan. It is meant to propel us into the flame of mind that would quicken our pace of development.
It is meant to change our mindset from one of dependency to one of achieving our destiny. It is meant to put us in charge of our own affairs and make us truly independent. Above all, Ghana Beyond Aid will give us the respect and dignity we deserve. Let us believe in ourselves” The statement concluded.
A similar parade was held at Agona Nsaba in the Agona East District where 1400 students from 40 basic and 3 Senior High Schools took part in the celebration.
Civil society organizations including driver’s Union, Association of Garages and Market Women Association participated in the march past.
The DCE, Hon. Dennis Armah Frempong read the Presidential address. He also stressed the need for Ghanaians to be self-confident and self dependent.