The Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) for Mampong in the Ashanti region, Hon. Thomas Appiah -Kubi has called on Ghanaians not to mar the peace in the country with their utterances.
The MCE made the call when he delivered his Anniversary Address to mark the 65th Independence Anniversary celebration at Tadiem Park, Mampong on Sunday 6th March, 2022.
Hon. Thomas Appiah – Kubi said Ghanaians must be mindful of the utterances they make to avoid unnecessary acrimony that could mar the peace being enjoyed in Mampong Municipality in particular and Ghana in general. He stressed that people should consciously cultivate a high sense of vigilance in all aspects of their life as a nation.
Addressing a parade of school children to mark the 65th independence anniversary and large gathering of celebrants, the MCE underscored the need for Ghanaians to cherish the peace in the country and strive to maintain it, for without it no development can be achieved. Hon. Thomas Appiah-Kubi pointed out the importance of independence and indicated that self-rule makes the country able to take its destiny into its own hand in terms of governance and administration, adding that independence day must be a day of pride for every Ghanaian, adding that there is every course for its celebration at the National, Regional, District and even Zonal Council levels.
Touching on the theme for the celebration: ” Working Together; Bouncing Back Better”, Mampong MCE said COVID-19 pandemic has brought about a global recession and its rippling effects has adversely affected the modest gains made by the government in all aspects of the economy. He said In line with the current state of affairs, there is a need to work together in harmonious spirit in every sphere of our socio-economic and political life.
He pointed out that the government is committed in its resolve to surmount all the challenges, but that would require the concerted efforts of all Ghanaians to galvanize energies and resources to enable the country to bounce back, adding “we are capable”.
He explained that with the reduction in donor funding and support it is absolutely important that the country adopt prudent and innovative ways to generate substantial revenue to help address the developmental challenges facing the country. He therefore urged all Ghanaians to support government effort in revenue generation especially by embracing the Electronic Transaction Levy popularly known as E-Levy being introduced in the 2022 budget.
Hon. Thomas Appiah-Kubi disclosed that the Mampong Municipal Assembly is keenly following the footsteps of the central government and has started embarking on vigorous campaign to increase its Internally Generating Fund (IGF). He said as part of the campaign the Assembly had already reached some agreement with occupants of the Assembly stores to immediately pay their rents and associated arrears.
He further stated that the Taskforce and all structures of the Assembly has been retooled and resourced to visit households for the collection of property rate and other revenue items. He urged the people in the Mampong municipality to support the effort of the Assembly to achieve its intended results.
The MCE lauded the government for implementing prudent policies such as Free SHS, School Feeding programme, Planting for Food and Jobs among others to promote education and other sectors of the economy to ensure a robust economy,
He paid special tribute to the school children and urged them as future leaders to never forget the meaning of the independence celebration adding” the national motto, ‘Freedom and Justice’ must be ingrained in all of us”. He urged parents and guardians to take pains to inculcate the essence of this motto into the children so that they will grow with it. He pointed out that the greatest assets parents can give to their children is not buildings and the likes but education adding “ let us invest in the education of our children as well as inculcate in them good values”.
He further admonished the school children to eschew social vices like promiscuity, smoking and alcoholism.
He used the occasion to remind the people in the municipality that Covid-19 and AIDS scourge is still with us and expressed grave worry about their devastating effect, saying “it is disheartening to recount that people can die from a disease that is largely preventable.
The MCE commended the students, teachers, personnel from the security and regulatory services and voluntary services among others who participated in this wonderful parade. The Mampong Municipal Assembly’s version of the 65th independence anniversary celebration was very colorful and well attended by a cross section of people as well as mass school band to spice the occasion.
In all, 27 schools with cadet corps took part in the parade. Some of the schools included Bosofour R/C Complex School, St. Paul’s R/C Primary School, Nana Adjei Brempong Basic School, Church of Christ Preparatory School, Apostolic M/A Junior High School, Obeng Asamoah Academy, Ebenezer Royal Academy, Savino R/C Model School, Methodist Junior High School, St. Monica’s Senior High School, Amaniapong Senior High School and St. Joseph Seminary Senior High School.
Present at the event included Nananom, Member of Parliament for Mampong and Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Hon. Kwaku Ampratwum-Sarpong, Municipal Education Director, Mr. Gabriel Antwi, Municipal Coordinating Director, Mr. Francis Owusu Ansah, Municipal Police Commander, Chief Superintendent Stephen Boadu, Deputy Fire Service Commander, DOIII Aryie Sulemana, Mampong Constituency Chairman of NPP, Luther Asare and other NPP Constituency Executives, Municipal Immigration Commander, Assistant Commander Emmanuel Anteh, Divisional Commander BNI, Nana Yaa Addo, the clergy, heads of department, the media and others.
Nana Kofi Nyantakyi Kodu, Mampong Kontihene, represented Daasebre Osei Bonsu II, Mamponghene as the Special Guest.
Special sanitation award was awarded to the best school which excelled in an unannounced inspection as far as sanitation in schools in Mampong was concerned in the primary, junior high and senior high school categories. Methodist Primary School was adjudged as the best sanitation adhered primary school, while St. Andrew College JHS and St. Monica’s SHS were the best in the JHS and SHS categories.
In the march past competition, Amanianpong SHS came first, the second place went to St. Joseph Seminary while St. Monica’s came third in the SHS category. In the JHS category Mensah Saahene School took the first position with the second and third went to Presby JHS and St. Monica’s (IJ) Basic School respectively. In the primary level, Emmanuel Model Presby School took the first place, while the second place went to SDA Basic School with the third going to St. Monica’s Experimental.