A Director at the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE), Mr. Wilson Raphael Arthur, has appealed to the government to consider giving back to the Commission the Isuzu pick-up vehicles to enable it undertake an intensified public education campaign, considering the current surge in COVID-19 cases in the county.
The government, in mid 2020, loaned 50 Isuzu pick-up vehicles to the NCCE for public education in the heat of COVID-19 pandemic and general elections, but took the vehicles back before the close of 2020 when the COVID-19 seemingly subsided.
Mr. Wilson Raphael Arthur, Ashanti Regional Director of the NCCE, who made the appeal at a staff durbar recently in Kumasi, explained that with the emerging “secessionist tendencies in the Volta and Oti regions, with their related violent acts,” as well as the need for post-election education and “the necessity for peaceful co-existence and doing away with violent extremism,” the Commission needs the vehicles now even more than before.
The staff durbar was to review performance of 2020 programmes in the region and performance for optimum output in 2021, and how to ensure that the Commission is prepared to face the challenges ahead this year.
The Regional NCCE Director said the occasion was for the staff in the region to examine the past year and adopt strategies for 2021, and gave the assurance that the commission was poised for action this year
Mr. Arthur said apart from the core mandate of the Commission to ensure that the country remains one and united, the NCCE “had to contend with educating the citizenry on its civic responsibilities and the need to sustain a vigorous education on COVID-19.”
He called on the citizens to place their parochial interests beneath the national interest, and emphasised the need for peace for the nation, while and admonishing the citizens to play their roles in achieving same.