Bawku last Thursday joined the rest of the country to mark the 51st independence anniversary parade at the forecourt of the Bawku community center in the Upper West Region.
Though just returning from a conflict situation, the parade was made possible after a careful study of the prevailing peace in the area by the Municipal Security Committee (MUSEC). According to MUSEC, the successful organisation of the parade would further consolidate the gains made in the peace process in Bawku. In the end it paid off as it was highly successful.
Forty-five schools from the Primary and Junior High Schools drawn from three circuits within the Bawku Township took part in the parade.
The event which was the first ever social gathering for the people of Bawku this year was well attended by the Bawku Naba and elders, municipal chief executive, municipal coordinating director, heads of departments, security agencies and assembly members were some of the dignitaries that graced the occasion.
The municipal chief executive, municipal director of education, divisional commander of police and officer commanding the ABF detachment force in Bawku took the salute as the school children marched passed the dais.
The president's speech was read on his behalf by the municipal chief executive, Hon Abdulai Abanga. He said, he was happy that for the first time since independence the country has enjoyed fifteen (15) years of uninterrupted constitutional governance and therefore called on every Ghanaian to be proud of this feat and resolve to help sustain this good record.
On the oil find, the President said, what is most important at all times needed in the management of this critical national resource is transparency, accountability and genuine commitment to best practices which will ensure maximum returns for the nation and visitors alike.
The municipal chief executive Hon Abdulai Abanga appealed to the good people of Bawku to give peace a chance because “development can only take place in an atmosphere of peace and tranquility.”
The recent conflict affected almost everything including our candidates who will be writing their BECE and WASSCE this year, he lamented. Hon Abanga appealed to NGO's, institutions and philanthropists to come to the aid of the assembly to take care of conflict and flood disaster victims.