National Commission For Civic Education (NCCE), Abuakwa North in the Eastern Region of Ghana, led by Mrs Beatrice Opoku Budu, Senior Civic Officer, has today 14th February, 2022, organized a talk show in some selected Basic Schools in the Municipality with the climax at Ofori Panin Senior High School (OPASS) to sensitize the youth on the theme ” Reaching Out To The Youth To Know The Importance Of Ghanaian Values” as the world marks Valentine’s Day.
Speaking as the Resource Person for the occasion, ASP Fred Kpetigo, the Tafo District Police Crime Officer also a member of the Inter- Party Dialogue Committee (IPDC) admonished the students to embrace high moral values to avert them being tempted to commit crime.
The astute Crime Officer explained that, respecting authorities which is one of the Ghanaian values, has a bearing on any individual’s life as one grows with it to be proactive and useful citizen.
“As Crime Officer of the Municipality, I have encountered a lot of cases involving young people of your caliber, I mean Senior High School students, engaging in Internet or cyber scam, duping unsuspecting victims, especially whites, ending up in flashy cars being driven by them with the name tag , “Fraud Boys”, contrary to the virtues, laws, religion and culture of the Republic. Any Ghanaian who values respect and our Ghanaian values will not engage in this unlawful activity which has the tendency of putting you behind bars or being cursed by your victims. Let us use this Valentine’s Day as students to change our ways to be good citizens of the country.” Stated ASP Fred Kpetigo.
Mrs Beatrice Opoku Budu on her part, admonished the students to see the Valentine’s Day as a day of impacting positively on their peers rather than engaging in activities such as premarital and unprotected sex which is detrimental to their being as future leaders.
She further acknowledged the inputs of all stakeholders especially the IPDC for making the august occasion a success.
There was an open forum where the students shared personal experiences.
According to Mrs Beatrice Opoku Budu, the advocacy on the importance of Ghanaian values will be trumpeted to reach the last youth in the Municipality for peaceful co-existence and the socio-economic development of the country as a whole.
By Nana Kwasi Asare