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MPs call for recognition to nation’s Founders

By Christopher
Arko, GNA

Accra, June 29 GNA – Parliament has stressed
the need to engender more patriotism among Ghanaians and to give more
recognition to the nation’s founders and aged as the country celebrates
Republic Day  on Saturday, July 1 2017.

Ghana attained independence on March 6, 1957
but recognised as a sovereign state on July 1, 1960 as the last governor left
the shores of the Gold Coast on June 13, 1960.

The House in two separate statements
recognised the inputs and sacrifices made by the nation’s founders towards the
attainment of independence and sovereignty.

Mr Isaac Kwame Asiamah, Minister of Youth and
Sports presenting a statement in Parliament on “The roles senior citizens have
played in Ghana’s development through voluntarism” noted that the youth were
losing their sense of active citizenship, patriotism and the will to
voluntarily contribute to the socio-economic development of Ghana without
seeking any reward.

He challenged the academia and research
institutions in Ghana to conduct an economic impact assessment on volunteerism
on the national economy in order to mirror the true value of volunteerism.

He said the spirit of voluntarism and
patriotism remained on the decline with the country losing out valuable hours,
energy and enthusiasm that should have contributed to national development.

Mrs Sophia Karen Akuaku, Member of Parliament
(MP) for Domeabra Obom presenting a statement to commemorate the “2017  Republic Day Celebration” called for the
rekindling the spirit of self-determination, selflessness and patriotism that
enabled the founders to attain independence and completely free the country
from colonial rule.

She said Ghana’s Republic Day was also one of
the exclusive days of the year which was observed as Senior Citizens’ Day.

She said it was about time senior citizens who
contributed to the building of a strong republic, in the various disciplines of
national development were honoured.  

Mrs Akuaku also emphasised the need to
continuously provide the requisite social infrastructure to support senior
citizens

“We need to urgently strengthen our social
protection initiatives such as; free health care for the aged among others” she
added.

Mr Emmanuel Kofi Armah Buah, MP for Ellembelle
in his contribution on the statement urged the nation to use the occasion of
the Republic Day Celebration to reflect on the issues that confronted the
nation today.

He said the major threat that confronted the
nation was terrorism and youth unemployment.

Mr Benson T. Baaba, MP for Talensi in his
contribution stated that the celebration of the Republic Day must move beyond
football matches between Hearts and Kotoko.

He said Parliament must on its own be able to
support senior citizens in institutions such as Help Age Ghana among others.

GNA

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